The work titled 'Self-Portrait' by Mihri Hanım, one of our first female painters, was added to the Türkiye İş Bankası Artworks Collection. As of February 14, the work took its place in the permanent exhibition 'Watching Turkish Painting' of the Türkiye İş Bankası Painting and Sculpture Museum.

Türkiye İş Bankası Painting and Sculpture Museum (RHM) includes another work by one of the important names of Turkish art history in its permanent exhibition. The work titled "Self-Portrait" by Mihri (Müşfik / Rasim / Açba / Virzi), one of the first female painters of our country, was added to the Türkiye İş Bankası Artworks Collection. It is known that "Self-Portrait", which was added to the Collection by purchasing it from a private collection, has never been exhibited in a public space before. The 140x70 sized work, which was made in a figurative style with the pastel painting technique on cardboard, which Mihri Hanım frequently used as a material, is considered to have been made between 1909 and 1912.

Founding curator of Türkiye İş Bankası Painting and Sculpture Museum, Prof. Dr. Gül İrepoğlu said, "We are happy to introduce an artist, who has a unique place in the history of Turkish painting, to his visitors in our permanent exhibition called 'Watching Turkish Painting'."

RHM Director Canan Atlığ said about the work: "She portrays herself by making a large-scale figurative self-portrait, and while doing this, she shows her face with make-up and her hair behind a thin tulle, she puts her leg forward in a pose that could be called daring for those times, and her neck is open with her extremely stylish and upright stance." "It can be considered as an example of the painter's pioneering identity at that time." he commented.

"Self-Portrait" by Mihri Hanım took its place in RHM's permanent exhibition "Watching Turkish Painting" as of February 14. RHM can be visited between 10.00 - 19.00 on weekdays, except Mondays, and between 12.00 - 19.00 on weekends.

About Mihri Hanım:

Raised in a privileged environment, Ms. Mihri took painting lessons from the palace painter Zonaro for two years. She left Istanbul in the early 1900s and went to Rome and Paris. When she returned to Istanbul, she initiated the establishment of the university level İnas Sanayi-i Nefise Mektebi (Fine Arts School for Girls) in 1914 and was one of its directors and teachers. has happened. For the first time, female students were allowed to paint outdoors on the streets of the city; Mihri Hanım, who had her work with a nude model, also encouraged female painters to open a group exhibition for the first time.