Fahrelnissa Zeid (Turkish, 1901-91) Two portrait of Cevat Sakir Kabaagacli, Halikarnas Balkisi (The Fisherman of Halicarnassus) (2)
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Fahrelnissa Zeid (Turkish, 1901-91) Three portraits of Cevat Sakir Kabaagacacli, Halikarnas Balkisi (The Fisherman of Halicarnassus) (3)
Sold for £1,875 (US$ 3,185) inc. premium
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Fahrelnissa Zeid (Turkish, 1901-91) Three portraits of Cevat Sakir Kabaagacli, Halikarnas Balkisi (The Fisherman of Halicarnassus) (3) Fahrelnissa Zeid (Turkish, 1901-91) Two portrait of Cevat Sakir Kabaagacli, Halikarnas Balkisi (The Fisherman of Halicarnassus) (2)
Lot Details
Fahrelnissa Zeid (Turkish, 1901-91)
Three portraits of Cevat Sakir Kabaagacacli, Halikarnas Balkisi (The Fisherman of Halicarnassus)
mixed media on paper, inscribed: "le 9 Mayis. Cevat"; green ink on checked paper; and another ink on paper
the largest 36.5 x 24.3 cm.(3)

Footnotes

  • Provenance: UK private collection; acquired directly from the artist in the mid 1970s.


    Musa Cevat Sakir Kabaagacacli (1890-1973) was the older brother of Fahrelnissa Zeid. A prolific writer and essayist, he is best known by his pen-name "the Fisherman of Halicarnassus", and for his writings on Bodrum, which helped bring this small fishing town to the attention of the Turkish intelligentsia and reading public, paving the way for the town's development as an international tourist attraction. Colourful and erudite, he was an important figure and influential in directing the evolution of intellectual ideas in Turkey during the 20th Century.

    Fahrelnissa credited Cevat for encouraging her to sketch and paint. Of him, she said: "The sound of his brush came to my ears like a melody. He held my hand and started moving it on the paper. Since that day, neither that sound has vanished, nor the passion for painting" (quoted in Ileri, Cem (ed.), Fahrelnissa & Nejad: Two Generations of the Rainbow, Istanbul 2006, p. 18). She was 4 at the time. He further encourages her in her drawing by saying: "Well done Nissa, I love the bold strokes of your pencil. For someone your age you have an amazing perspective, you are talented my dear" (ibid., p.19).
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