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the East and the West combined - Fahrelnissa Zeid

Updated on July 27, 2017

A Contemporary Artist is born

In the beginning of 20th century at 1901, she was born on Prince Island of Istanbul, in a very wealth, elite Ottoman family, The Şakir Family. The Grand Vizier Cevat Pasha was her uncle. The grand Ottoman family had many tragedies. When Fahrelnissa was 12 years old, her eldest brother killed their father, she turned to art as a way to heal her hearth. She enrolled the academy of fine arts faculty in Istanbul and than continued her studies in Paris. In 1920 She married a famous Novelist İzzet Melih Devrim.

After her divorce, in 1934 she married an Iraqi Prince and became Princess Fahrelnissa Zeid. She travel led and lived in Europe, USA and Middle East. As a Princess she continued to paint and became one of the most famous artists of her time.

Mrs. Zeit died in 1991, at the age of eight-nine and is buried to the Royal Graveyard in Jordan.


She was the East and the West

Fahrelnissa Zeit as an artist

Fahrelnissa Zeit is a pioner of abstract art in Turkey. Her paintings contain elements from İslamic tiling, oriental, tales, Persian tapestry as well as cubism, abstract art, loves color and scale. Also has very impressing portraits. She was close friends with Georgio de Chricio & Marc Chagall. She lived and exibited in Istanbul, London, Amman, New York, Berlin, Paris. Recently she has a retrospective at London Tate Modern.

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