This work is on page 72 of the first volume of the 2-volume "From Past to Tomorrow, Nuri İyem", a Catalog Raisonneé published by Evin Art Gallery in 2002.
Oil on canvas
65 x 92 cm
Estimated Value: 200.000-320.000 TL
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NURİ İYEM (1915-2005)
He was born in Istanbul in 1915. He worked in the workshops of Nazmi Ziya, İbrahim Çallı and Hikmet Onat at the Istanbul State Academy of Fine Arts (now known as Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University). He took lessons from Leopold Levy for a while. During these years, he took part in the formation of the "New Group", which would bring new suggestions to figurative tendencies and content problematic in Turkish Painting. Nuri İyem's art was shaped under abstract and modern figurative periods.
He abandoned the concept of abstract painting, which he focused on after 1950, in the 1960s, and followed a period in which his paintings included people migrating from villages to cities, scenes from slum life, and portraits of young women. Concrete content and pictorial structure (architecture), solid construction in the sense of nature, are the main elements that characterize İyem's painting. The reaction, mystery and questioning of the Anatolian steppe can be seen in those eyes, which come to the fore in Nuri İyem's portraits of rural women, which are considered his symbols. Although he produced works in all types of painting, portraits, especially female portraits, have a significant importance in Nuri İyem's art. Among these, her portraits of Anatolian women and her landscapes with figures are the ones that are most engraved in the viewer's memory.
Nuri İyem thoroughly evaluated and realized his Anatolian women series, especially in single and triple compositions, within all pictorial fiction and expression possibilities. The texture of the Anatolian soil is meticulously crafted and strongly expressed in every square centimeter of the paintings. The portraits, each of which brings to mind an icon with its purity, go beyond the stylistic limits of the icon tradition by embarking on a long journey in the endless universe of expression of the human face. He passed away in Istanbul in 2005.