In the late 1940s, Zeid’s style began to change dramatically as she experimented more heavily with abstraction. The triangular mosaic pieces and energetic lines that make up Untitled (Brighton 9 June 1949)
1950 fit in well with her growing abstraction, but the colours and ink scribbles could suggest a busy beach scene.
Untitled (Brighton 9 June 1949)
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Pen, ink and watercolour on paper 80 x 60 cm Sevtap - Tolga Kabatas Collection © Raad bin Zeid Collection Photo: © Sotheby’s 2017
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.