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Painter Of Light
THE WORKS OF NAZMİ ZİYA GÜRAN, ONE OF TURKEY’S FIRST IMPRESSIONIST PAINTERS, ARE BEING SHOWN ON THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF HIS DEATH.
Opening at Rezan Has Museum on February 18 and running through April 17, this exhibition of some 60 paintings, specially selected from the Istanbul Painting and Sculpture Museum as well as private collections of the artist’s works, affords viewers a closer look at the oeuvre of this Turkish Impressionist. In an article he wrote in 1974, painter Nurullah Berk said of Nazmi Ziya Güran, who was born in Istanbul in 1881 and died in the city in 1937, that he was ‘the sole representative of Impressionism in Turkey”. The Istanbul landscapes of this painter, who espoused Impressionism, which aims to convey the artist’s visual impressions of color and light on canvas, offer visitors a different view of the city.
HOW HE BECAME AN IMPRESSIONIST
Taking art lessons from his uncle, Army Major Hasip, Nazmi Ziya Güran entered the School of Fine Arts in 1902. Güran, who traveled to Paris on his own money in 1908, worked there in the studio of Marcel Baschet and Henri Royer at l’Académie Julian. Later he continued his studies at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts before returning to Turkey in 1914.
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