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          My Hell, 1951
          Fahrelnissa Zeid
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          Oil paint on canvas 205 x 528 cm Istanbul Modern Collection/ Sirin Devrim Donation © Raad bin Zeid Collection Photo: Reha Arcan

          With its abundance of monochromatic shapes pierced by vibrant reds and yellows, My Hell 1950 is the product of Zeid’s fascination with Islamic art and architecture. Mosaic and interlocking puzzle-like shapes flow through the piece to make up a vast painting, more than five metres wide.

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          Fahrelnissa Zeid is best known for her densely filled abstract works, and stylised portraits in later life. She was born in Istanbul in 1901 into an elite family of statesmen and intellectuals and later married into the Hashemite royal family of Iraq. She became one of the first female modern painters in Turkey, joining the d group – an influential group of progressive Turkish avant-garde artists. Widely travelled, Zeid exhibited her work in London, Paris, Brussels, New York and Jordan.

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