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Fahrelnissa Zeid at Tate Modern

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by Caroline Haack (subscribe)
Fine art student and freelance writer from Paris, living in London.
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The new retrospective of the great Turkish painter
Fahrelnissa Zeid, Untitled, 1950, Image from

At Tate Modern, from June 13th to October 8th, 2017, about a hundred works by Fahrelnissa Zeid (1901-1991) - paintings, drawings, sculptures - can be seen in her big retrospective. It is astonishing to hear this beautiful woman express herself in French in a video documentary where she talks about her paintings and her desire to create. I am always happy to discover the work of a pioneer. Born at the beginning of the 20th century, she was one of the first female Turkish artists to make a name for herself internationally.

Her works explore the meaning of life with a kaleidoscopic and colourful vision of tumultuous destiny and abstract hell. Looking at the portraits of these unknowns with simplified features is pleasant, in between the gentle countenances of Marie Laurencin, the Byzantine icons and the extravagances of Gustav-Adolf Mossa that I adore. A great artistic gap for an original artist with many facets, which escapes classification
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Where: Bankside, London SE1 9TG
Cost: Adult 12.50 (without donation 11.30) Concession 11.00 (without donation 10.00)
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