Osman Hamdi Bey

Osman Hamdi Bey

Osman Hamdi Bey, Constantinople 1842-1910], Ottoman statesman, artist and art expert. As an artist, he became famous while alive. He works on compositions with figures and portraits, and he is the first Turkish artist to paint figures. His paintings have many architectural and decorative details. He often appears as the protagonist, using pictures taken of him in various outfits and posing for his paintings. Today, many Turkish and foreign museum collections hold his paintings. His painting "The Turtle Trainer" in 1906 broke a record in Turkey, selling for $ 3.5 million in December 2004. The painting expresses the artist's sarcastic view of his style of work compared to that of his associates and apprentices, and also refers to the historical fact that turtles were used for illumination and decorative purposes by placing candles on the shell in the evening outings during the tulip era in the early 18th century. The painting is currently on display at the Pera Museum in Istanbul.