Osman Hamdi Bey


Artist Biography:

Osman Hamdi Bey was the eldest son of Grand Vizier (Ottoman Prime Minister) İbrahim Edhem Paşa. He was born and educated in Istanbul, and attracted attention with his paintings when he was sixteen. He traveled to Vienna with his father and studied the museums there. In 1860, he was sent to Paris to study law. He also had the opportunity to work at the workshops of the great masters of the Paris Fine Arts Academy and had a good education in painting. On his return from Paris in 1869, he was appointed as Director of Foreign Affairs for Baghdad Province. He came back to Istanbul in 1871 and was assigned Assistant Director of Palace Protocol. He performed various high level duties of the State before being assignsd Director of the Empire Museum (Müze-i Humayun). He continued painting while dealing with museum activities. He is a successful representative of Turkish painting with his figured compositions painted with Oriental understanding. He gave importance to details while reflecting the colorful scenes of Ottoman life. Even tiny details were painted in their true colors. His pictures, such as "The Reading Man", "Arms Trader", "Turtle Trainer" and "Women in the Yard of Şehzadebaşı Mosque", reflect the life and details of Ottoman Istanbul. Osman Hamdi Bey died in 1910.

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