Anatolia On Canvas

The Eren Eyüboğlu retrospective of one of the trailblazing women artists of modern Turkish painting is at İş Sanat Kibele Gallery through December 17.

Eren Eyüboğlu made reproductions of the works of the famous French painters Monet and Cezanne for a long time. It was thanks to the copies she made in the 1950’s from the leading figures of Cubism like Braque and Picasso she began using more geometric elements and bright colors. Eren Eyüboğlu’s artistic career can be examined in three periods:

THE ROMANIA YEARS
Born in the Romanian city of Iassy in 1907, Eren Eyüboğlu sturted painting lessons already in high school. She was later described by her husband, Bedri Rahmi Eyüboğlu, as a born painter. Subsequently training at Romania’s Iassy Academy of Fine Arts, Eren Eyüboğlu moved to Paris in 1929.

THE PARIS YEARS
Working in the atelier of André Lhote in Paris, Eren Eyüboğlu met Bedri Rahmi Eyüboğlu, a painter like herself, in 1930. The artist pursued her work in Paris till 1936, then came to Istanbul.

ISTANBUL AND ANATOLIA
Uniting her life with Bedri Rahmi Eyüboğlu’s in Istanbul, she changed her name from Ernestine Letoni to Eren Eyüboğlu and lived in Turkey as a Turkish artist for 52 years. She and her husband toured Anatolia, choosing it and the life of its people as the main theme of their paintings.

EREN EYÜBOĞLU’S LIFE MADE INTO A BOOK
Mounted as part of the centennial celebration of Bedri Rahmi Eyüboğlu’s birth, the exhibition is also distinguished by a book, published by İş Bankası Kültür Yayınları, of photographs from Eren Eyüboğlu’s family albums and some 300 of her works.