Osman Hamdi Paintings

Osman Hamdi (1842 – 1910) was an artist, administrator, archaeologist, and museum curator from the Ottoman Empire. He learned how to paint while staying in Paris and studied under the French orientalist painters Jean-Léon Gérôme and Gustave Boulanger. Although he studied under French orientalist painters, his paintings of the Middle East and Ottoman Empire were based in reality and did not fetishize or falsely portray Middle Eastern culture since he was not painting his scenes through a European lens. Due to this, his paintings do not necessarily fall into the orientalist category. They are, instead, authentic portrayals of the life he observed around him.

Paintings by Osman Hamdi in Chronological Order:

Girl Reciting Qu’ran, 1880 The Musician Girl, 1880 A Lady of Constantinople, 1881
Two Young Girls Visiting a Shrine, 1890 Mihrap, 1901 The Tortoise Trainer, 1906
Theologist, 1907 Gun Salesman, 1908 Ladies Taking a Walk
The Lady Who Haves Her Hair Combed Girl with Yellow Ribbon Chest
Tavla Playing Zeybek The Carpet Merchant Girl Who Fits the Vase