Although mythological themes are not commonly encountered in Turkish painting, it is possible to see variations of widespread themes such as the Venus at her Toilet. As a theme particularly emerging in Renaissance painting, Venus at her Toilet is not only the symbol of the beauty of a woman admiring herself in the mirror, but also contains an implicit message alluding to her awareness of being observed. This awareness almost lends legitimacy to the figure’s self-display. According to John Berger, the mirror in these paintings is included as a symbol of the fact that women see themselves as object of display: “Men look at women. Women watch themselves being looked at. (…) The surveyor of woman in herself is male: the surveyed female. Thus she turns herself into an object – and most particularly an object of vision: a sight.”
Bare, Naked, Nude: A Story of Modernization in Turkish Painting took place at the Pera Museum between 25 November 2015 - 07 February 2016.
A series of small and rather similar nudes Bedri Rahmi Eyüboğlu and Eren Eyüboğlu produced in the early 1930s almost resemble a ‘visual conversation’ that focus on a pictorial search. It is also possible to find the visual reflections of this earlier search in the synthesis Bedri Rahmi Eyüboğlu reached with his stylistic abstractions in the 1950s.
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