Charles Atamian


Artist Biography:

Garabed Charles Atamian was an Ottoman- born French painter of Armenian ethnicity. Born in 1872 to the wealthy family of Mıgırdiç Atamian, a goldsmith and musician, he completed his early education at the Mkhitaryan Armenian School in Istanbul. He continued his education at the Murad Rafaelian Armenian College of Venice, where he studied along with Edgar Chahine. Upon returning to Istanbul, Atamian opened his first exhibition, which was a big success and he was invited to work at the newly open Yildiz Porcelain Factory of the Ottoman Court (from 1894 to 1896). He was soon appointed as the factory’s chief designer. A number of Atamian’s porcelain plates bearing his signature “Atam” are now exhibited at the Topkapi Palace (the main palace of the Ottoman Empire). Atamian sought refuge in Paris in 1897 where he predominantly worked and exhibited. It was in Paris that his name Garabed changed to Charles. Atamian exhibited at La Nationale, at the Independent Gallery and by 1927 he was made an Associate of La Nationale. In Paris he also illustrated nearly a hundred and fifty books, created artworks for theatrical stage productions and participated in various exhibitions with overwhelming success. Atamian spent many summers in Saint-Gilles-sur-Vie in Vendée and many of his famous landscapes and marine artworks were developed at this summer residence.

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