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Müfide Kadri

Müfide Kadri

First known Ottoman Muslim female painter

Date of Birth: 1889

Place of Birth: Üsküdar, Istanbul

Date of Death: 1912

Place of Death: Istanbul

Burial Site: Karacaahmet Cemetery, Istanbul

Topics

Gallery

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Field of Activity

Painting

Exhibitions
  • 1911Exhibition of the İstanbul Operatic Society
  • 1912 Ottoman Painters Society (Osmanlı Ressamlar Cemiyeti), solo exhibition organized after the death of Müfide Kadri
Collections with the works of Müfide Kadri

Rezan Has Museum, İstanbul

Müfide Kadri as Teacher

Müfide Kadri is the first female Muslim painting teacher in the Ottoman Empire. She also gave painting lessons in the palace to Aliye Sultan, daughter of Abdülhamid II (Reign 1842-1918).

Awards

(No information available)

Memberships

Member of Ottoman Painters Society (Osmanlı Ressamlar Cemiyeti)

Education

Müfide Kadri started taking private painting lessons at the age of 10. Her teachers were Osman Hamdi Bey (first museum director of the Ottoman Empire), and the painter Halil Paşa. Her oil painting teacher was Salvatore Valeri, a teacher at the Academy of Fıne Arts (Sanayi-i Nefise Mektebi )

She also took piano, violin, kemenche (a three-string bowed instrument), and lute lessons.

Contributions to Society

After her death around forty of her works were donated to the Ottoman Painters Society (Osmanlı Ressamlar Cemiyeti). The first solo exhibition of Mufide Kadri's works was mounted in 1912 from this collection. The revenue generated was donated to the Ottoman Painters Society.

Family and Friends

  • Mother: (No information available)
  • Father: Kadri Bey
  • Niece:Güzin Duran (painter, collector), Rauf Yekta (musician)
  • Friends:(No information available)

Commemorative Projects

(No information available)

Further Reading

Sources

Quoted Sources
Source of Visual Images

Acknowledgments

The Women's Museum Istanbul is grateful to Burcu Pelvanoğlu for her support in producing the Müfide Kadri the Müfide Kadri introductory page.

Translation into English: Çetin Alanya, Istanbul, Turkey
Editing: Judith Cederblom, Seattle, Washington, USA

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