01 Paintings, MIDDLE EASTERN ART, With Footnotes - 27

Nuri Iyem, 1915-2005, TURK
TWO WOMEN, c. 1960
Oil on canvasboard
81 by 107cm.; 31 7/8 by 42 1/8 in.
Private collection

“Nuri İyem worked on all types of paintings, but women’s portraits are obviously dominant in his art. Among his portraits, portraits of Anatolian women and landscapes with Anatolian women figures are especially memorable. It is generally accepted that Nuri İyem started painting Anatolian women’s portraits in the 1960s, but the first samples of such portraits can be seen in the exhibition “İstanbul, a port city” in 1941." More on this painting

Nuri İyem, (1915 - d. 18 June 2005 ) was a leading figure in the Turkish painting and social-realistic art movement.

Nuri İyem was born in Istanbul in 1915. During his childhood he used to paint walls with charcoal. Because of his father's job as a health official, İyem spent his childhood in various cities of Anatolia. After finishing primary school in Mardin, he returned back to Istanbul to attend secondary school and he studied at Vefa and Pertevniyal Highschools. 

His passion to be a painter was forcing his dreams through the coasts of Fındıklı where the Fine Arts Academy stood. . Those dreams would be concluded with his enrollment at the Academy in spite of his parents' desire to see their child as a doctor.

Nuri İyem was one of the most important living masters of Turkish painting. He has produced, exhibited, written and discussed art without a break, in spite of all the difficulties to exist as an artist during the social and cultural course of the Republic period. Nuri has crowned his life with many precious art works and his own story is not just an autobiographical representation of an artist, but also an expression of real struggle and honour. More on Nuri İyem

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