Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Sarayburnu by Ibrahim Safi

painting of Sarayburnu by Ibrahim Safi

Ibrahim Safi (1898-1983) was one of those whom the war and revolution had flown from place to place. He was born in Nakhichevan, Azerbaijan and had his first education in Yerevan, Armenia. He then went to Moscow, to Fine Arts Academy but had to flee to Turkey after the Russian Revolution. He was really loved by people from diverse cultures and geographies, Turks, Russians, Armenians, Azeris, British, French, you name it. He was one of the most colorful people living in Beyoglu (Pera), Istanbul.

Here is a scenic view of Istanbul as seen from Sarayburnu, painted by him, oil on canvas. My biggest ambition when I see these paintings emerges from my subconscious immediately: take a picture of these places from the exact point of view of the painter. Every time, something happens and I delay this. Let us hope this blog helps and we all see how much progress (pun intended) we made.

Dimensions: 50x72 cm.
Estimated value: $ 14,000

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