Selim Turan - "Abstrait Orange-Marron"

Lot 76  Selim Turan - "Abstrait Orange-Marron"


Selim’s rendition of the abstract within the ruins of World War II, took place in the aftermath of the artists who searched for the “essential disengagement from the accord” to the struggle to throw away the visual burden of all the images of the outer world from the painting. The artist concentrated on unspotted abstract thinking during this period. Black, painted on one layer after another creates stratified painting blocks, not only does it capture its own painting’s reality but takes it over and at the same time dominates even the most minute area till the very end. In the assembly of the composition the “crucified Jesus motive” can be interpreted as an “antithesis” developed by Selim. Because the training in the Academy and especially the teachings of Leopold Levy, led Selim Turan into learning and developing the “thesis”s of modern art closely. When the artist came to Paris he realised in order to survive in the art environment, he needed to struggle with the century art ethics and go beyond reality. This could happen in two different methods; finding your identity and simultaneously losing your identity and following the popular movement. Selim, regardless of all the difficulties decided to choose after finding his own identity and especially during 1948-1955 he developped polymorphic shapes. He defied the borders of Abstract expression by defining shape, and perspective as much as he can on a surface with no deepness. The paintings from these years, are full of dazzling examples of Selim’s own guide towards the depth of painting. Compositions that have the crucification of Jesus motive are not descriptive but imaginative. Following his paintings after his educational period, the Artist has developed an approach that magnifies daily life with his own “thesis” beyond the teachings and readily made prescription for, Impressionism, Cubism, and Surrealism. He was after creating his own voice, his own breathe when he was painting about nature, city life and depicting those living close to him. His struggle for construing an “interpretation” and as an “antithesis” borrowing from Christian iconographic motives, forces him to put aside all that he has learned before and to burn all the ships for the second time never to return. Regardless of the main parenthesis that has been defined around abstract art, Turan’s “antithesis” holds a mystical understanding of the world at heart, which suggests a fiction with color collectivity that will not disintegrate at a glance. Necmi Sönmez, “Tez-Antitez-Sentez Selim Turan’ın Sanat Serüveni”, 2016, Page: 45, 46.

Oil on canvas

131 x 162 cm

1960s, signed

Provenance: Private Collection, Noyon, France

Estimated Value: 750.000-1.250.000 TL

Starting Bid: 650.000 TL

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