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Belkıs Mustafa

Belkıs Mustafa

First muslim woman painter to earn a degree in painting from Akademie of Fine Arts in 1917

"I will only sign my best work"

Date of Birth: 1896

Place of Birth: Istanbul

Date of Death: 29/01/1925 1925

Place of Death: Berlin, Germany

Burial Site: Tempelhof Turkish Memorial Cemetary, Berlin

Topics

Gallery

Field of Activity

Painting

Belkis Mustafa is the first muslim woman to earn a degree in painting from Akademie of Fine Arts in 1917.

First woman painter to study abroad on a goverment scholarship

Belkis Mustafa went to Germany to study arts first in 1917- 1921, and then in 1924. She was the first woman painter to study abroad with Ministry of Education's sponsorship.

First woman and muslim to draw female nude in her paintings

Exhibitions
  • 1922 Fifth Galatasaray Exhibition, Istanbul
  • 1923Sixth Galatasaray Exhibition, Istanbul Belkıs Mustafa joined the exhibition with "Portrait of a Lady", "Old Man" and "Woman in Veil".
  • March 3, 1987 Destek Art Galery (first solo exhibit), Istanbul
  • Nov 4-8, 1988"Woman Painters in the beginning of the Turkish Republik" , 14th Istanbul Antique and Art Expo, Istanbul
  • November 2005 dem-art gallery (an exhibition to celebrate the memory of Belkıs Mustafa), Istanbul
Galatasaray Exhibitions

The Galatasaray Exhibitions are the first traditional exhibits which took place between 1916 and 1951 first at the dormitory of the Galatasaray Highschool and then in the school (Galatasaray Lisesi). At the Galatasaray Exhibits, which were sponsored by the Ottoman Painters Association, six thousand works by 350 artists were displayed in nearly 35 years.

Awards

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Memberships

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Education

İnas Sanayi-i Nefise Mektebi (Kadınlar için Güzel Sanatlar Okulu)

Belkis Mustafa is the first muslim woman to recieve a diploma from the School of Fine Arts. Her teachers at the workshop were Mihri Müşfik and, briefly, Ali Sami Boyar.

Contributions to Society

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Family and Friends

  • Mother: (No information available)
  • Father: (No information available)
  • Brother: Asım Mutlu (architect, academician)
  • Friends: Mihri Hanım (painter, founder of the School of the Arts), Nazlı Ecevit (painter)

Commemorative Projects

Exhibition In Her Memory
dem-art Art Gallery, Istanbul organised 2005 an exhibition to celebrate the memory of Belkıs Mustafa.

Further Reading

Sources

Quoted Sources
  • · See the "Further Reading" section

Source for Visual Images
  • Şeyda Üstünipek, "Belkıs Mustafa'nın Yaşamı Ve Sanat Eğitimi", Lebriz Sanal Dergi, 16.3.2006.

Acknowledgments

The Women's Museum Istanbul is grateful to Burcu Pelvanoğlu for her support in producing the Belkıs Mustafa memorial page.


Translation into English: Emre Aslay, Chicago İllinois, USA
Editing:

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