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Melek Celal Sofu

Melek Celal Sofu

First female artist to paint women in the public domain

Date of Birth: 1896

Place of Birth: Istanbul

Date of Death: 1976

Place of Death: Munich, Germany

Burial Site: (No information available)

Topics

Gallery

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Field of Activity

Painting

Exhibitions

1964 Munich, her last individual exhibition
(No more information available)

Collections In Which Her Works Are Found

Painting and Sculpture Museum, Istanbul

Rezan Has Museum, Istanbul

Doğan Paksoy Collection, private letters and photographs of Melek Celal Sofu

Melek Celal Sofu as Writer

Melek Celal Lampe, Le Vieux Serail des Sultans, Preface by M. Albert Gabriel of the Institute of France. Association des Amis d'Istanbul Touring et Automobile Club de Turquie, 2eme Edition, İstanbul, 1963.

Melek Lampe, Volkskunst der Türkei - Sammlung Melek Lampe im Münchner Stadtmuseum, Druck: M. Saupe & Co., im Auftrag, München 1959.

Melek Celal, Şeyh Hamdullah, İstanbul, 1948.

Melek Celal, Türk İşlemeleri, İstanbul, 1939.

Melek Celal, Reisülhattatin-Kamil Akdik, İstanbul, 1938.

Awards

(No information available)

Memberships

(No information available)

Education

İnas Sanayi-i Nefise Mektebi (Academy of Fine Arts for Girls), İstanbul, guest student of Nazmi Ziya Güran.

Julian Academy, Paris, student of Louis Sue, Andre Platson and Pierre Poisson.

Contributions to Society

Melek Celal Sofu supported the establishment of a rest house for elderly people and brought about the opening of İstanbul Huzurevi in 1965.

Family and Friends

  • Mother: (Information not available)
  • Father: Ziya Bey
  • Uncle: Kazım Bey (painter)
  • Marriage:Hacı Sofu Zade Celal Bey (first marriage), Prof. Dr. Med. A. E. Lampe (second marriage, internist, collector)
  • Friends: Adalet Cimcoz (gallery owner), Celile Hanım (painter), Yahya Kemal (poet), Fazıl Ahmet (poet,writer), Hamdullah Suphi (writer, politician), Celal Esat Arseven (writer, art historian, painter, member of parliament, teacher), Albert Gabriel (architect, restaurateur, art historian)

Commemorative Projects

(No information available)

Further Reading

Sources

Quoted sources
Source for Visual Images

Acknowledgments

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


Translation into English: Çetin Alanya, Istanbul, Turkey
Editing: Lynn Maichle, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

©2012 Meral Akkent
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