Painting Collection

Sakıp Sabancı Museum’s Painting Collection is composed of select examples of early Turkish painting as well as the works of foreign artists who worked in Istanbul during the later years of the Ottoman Empire. The collection, started by Sakıp Sabancı in the 1970s, constitutes a cultural treasure providing significant clues about the initial phases of Turkish painting, thus proving to be a historic continuation of the SSM’s The Arts of the Book and Calligraphy Collection. The collection is focused primarily on works created between 1850 and 1950, and in addition to works by local artists such as Rafayel Manas (1715-1780), Konstantin Kapıdağlı (late 18 th – early 19 th century), Osman Hamdi Bey (1842-1910), Şeker Ahmed Paşa (1841-1907), Süleyman Seyyid(1842-1913), Nazmi Ziya Güran (1881-1937), İbrahim Çallı (1882-1960), Feyhaman Duran (1886-1970) and Fikret Muallâ (1903-1967), also includes the works of foreign artists like Fausto Zonaro (1854-1929) and Ivan Aivazovsky (1817-1900). The collection bears witness to the processes of the transformation of Turkish image production and the evolution of the concepts of art and artist, while embodying the clues of the modernization process starting from the Ottoman Empire and continuing with the Republic of Turkey.

Şeker Ahmed Paşa (1841-1907)  Still Life with Flowers  67.5 x 92 cm  Oil on canvas  1903

Şeker Ahmed Paşa (1841-1907) Still Life with Flowers 67.5 x 92 cm Oil on canvas 1903

Süleyman Seyyid (1842-1913)  Still Life with Apples  32.5 x 55.5 cm  Oil on canvas  1895

Süleyman Seyyid (1842-1913) Still Life with Apples 32.5 x 55.5 cm Oil on canvas 1895

Ivan Konstantinoviç Ayvazovski (1817-1900)  Cliffs  90 x 142 cm  Oil on canvas  1891

Ivan Konstantinoviç Ayvazovski (1817-1900) Cliffs 90 x 142 cm Oil on canvas 1891

Halife Abdülmecid Efendi (1868-1944)  Mosque Door  131.5 x 83.5 cm  Oil on canvas  1920

Halife Abdülmecid Efendi (1868-1944) Mosque Door 131.5 x 83.5 cm Oil on canvas 1920

Izzet Ziya (1880-1934)  Girl by the Sea  45.5 x 63 cm  Oil on hardboard  1917

Izzet Ziya (1880-1934) Girl by the Sea 45.5 x 63 cm Oil on hardboard 1917

David Çıraciyan (1839-1907)  Craft Infront of Sarayburnu  80 x 129 cm  Oil on canvas  1895

David Çıraciyan (1839-1907) Craft Infront of Sarayburnu 80 x 129 cm Oil on canvas 1895

Osman Hamdi Bey (1842-1910)  Petitioner  110 x 77 cm  Oil on canvas

Osman Hamdi Bey (1842-1910) Petitioner 110 x 77 cm Oil on canvas

Fausto Zonaro (1854-1929)  Young Girl with a Pumpkin  245 x 137 cm  Oil on canvas  1889

Fausto Zonaro (1854-1929) Young Girl with a Pumpkin 245 x 137 cm Oil on canvas 1889

Şefik Bursalı (1903-1990)  Bursa  110.5 x 117 cm  Oil on canvas  1931

Şefik Bursalı (1903-1990) Bursa 110.5 x 117 cm Oil on canvas 1931

Hüseyin Zekai Paşa (1859/60-1919)  Still Life with Watermelon  81.5 x 117 cm  Oil on canvas

Hüseyin Zekai Paşa (1859/60-1919) Still Life with Watermelon 81.5 x 117 cm Oil on canvas

Namık Ismail (1890-1935)  Paris  19 x 27 cm  Oil on cardboard

Namık Ismail (1890-1935) Paris 19 x 27 cm Oil on cardboard

Şevket Dağ (1875/76-1944)  Hagia Sophia  250 x 180 cm  Oil on canvas  1906

Şevket Dağ (1875/76-1944) Hagia Sophia 250 x 180 cm Oil on canvas 1906

Ivan Konstantinoviç Ayvazovski (1817-1900)  Sunset over the Sea  46 x 85 cm  Oil on canvas  1877

Ivan Konstantinoviç Ayvazovski (1817-1900) Sunset over the Sea 46 x 85 cm Oil on canvas 1877

Ivan Konstantinoviç Ayvazovski (1817-1900)  Sunset over the Sea  46 x 85 cm  Oil on canvas  1877

Ivan Konstantinoviç Ayvazovski (1817-1900) Sunset over the Sea 46 x 85 cm Oil on canvas 1877

Süleyman Seyyid (1842-1913)  Still Life with Orange  32.5 x 40.5 cm  Oil on canvas  1904

Süleyman Seyyid (1842-1913) Still Life with Orange 32.5 x 40.5 cm Oil on canvas 1904

Bedri Rahmi Eyüboğlu (1911-1975)  Self-Portrait  64.5 x 49.5 cm  Oil on cardboard  1938

Bedri Rahmi Eyüboğlu (1911-1975) Self-Portrait 64.5 x 49.5 cm Oil on cardboard 1938

Feyhaman Duran (1886-1970)  Interior with Calligraphic Panel  69 x 94.5 cm  Oil on canvas  1945

Feyhaman Duran (1886-1970) Interior with Calligraphic Panel 69 x 94.5 cm Oil on canvas 1945

Halil Paşa (1852-1939)  Woman with Peonies  119.5 x 72.5 cm  Oil on canvas  1898

Halil Paşa (1852-1939) Woman with Peonies 119.5 x 72.5 cm Oil on canvas 1898

Sabri Berkel (1907-1993)  Self-Portrait  53.5 x 39 cm  Oil on canvas  1931

Sabri Berkel (1907-1993) Self-Portrait 53.5 x 39 cm Oil on canvas 1931

Cemal Tollu (1899-1968)  Bursa  54.5 x 65.5 cm  Oil on canvas  1939

Cemal Tollu (1899-1968) Bursa 54.5 x 65.5 cm Oil on canvas 1939

Orhan Peker (1926-1978)  Birds  57 x 69 cm  Pastel on paper

Orhan Peker (1926-1978) Birds 57 x 69 cm Pastel on paper

Nazmi Ziya Güran (1881-1937)  Taksim Square  73.5 x 92 cm  Oil on canvas  1935

Nazmi Ziya Güran (1881-1937) Taksim Square 73.5 x 92 cm Oil on canvas 1935

Fausto Zonaro (1854-1929)  Seascape  46 x 85 cm  Oil on canvas  1892

Fausto Zonaro (1854-1929) Seascape 46 x 85 cm Oil on canvas 1892

Ahmet Ziya Akbulut (1869-1938)  The Welder  80.5 x 99.5 cm  Oil on canvas

Ahmet Ziya Akbulut (1869-1938) The Welder 80.5 x 99.5 cm Oil on canvas

Şevket Dağ (1876-1944)  Tomb of Selim the Second  95.5 x 58.5 cm  Oil on canvas  1909

Şevket Dağ (1876-1944) Tomb of Selim the Second 95.5 x 58.5 cm Oil on canvas 1909

Halil Paşa (1852-1939)  Çengelköy Jetty  27.5 x 46.5 cm  Oil on canvas  1890

Halil Paşa (1852-1939) Çengelköy Jetty 27.5 x 46.5 cm Oil on canvas 1890

Hoca Ali Rıza (1864-1935(?))  Landscape  54 x 73 cm  Oil on canvas

Hoca Ali Rıza (1864-1935(?)) Landscape 54 x 73 cm Oil on canvas

1977)  Caiques in Beşiktaş  54.5 x 72 cm  Oil on canvas  1959

1977) Caiques in Beşiktaş 54.5 x 72 cm Oil on canvas 1959

Fikret Mualla (1903-1967)  Street  52 x 65 cm  Gouache on paper

Fikret Mualla (1903-1967) Street 52 x 65 cm Gouache on paper