Open up a world of Turkish inspiration with a Cornucopia digital subscription

Buy or gift a stand-alone digital subscription and get unlimited access to dozens of back issues for just £18.99 / $18.99 a year.

Please register at with your subscriber account number or contact

Buy a digital subscription Go to the Digital Edition

Always a Searcher, Always a Fighter

Unknown and little-known works of Fahrelnissa Zeid

Published by Dirimart Publications
Sorry, this item is currently unavailable from Cornucopia.

Paperback, 29 x 24cm, 82pp, 2017
ISBN 978-605-5815--44-8
Additional Images

(Click to enlarge)

Book Description

This book brings together lesser-known works by the amazingly talented Fahrelnissa Zeid (1901–91), one of the pioneering artists of Turkish Modernism in the 1940s and of post-war, avant-garde France. Daughter of Kabaağaçlı Şakir Pasha, niece of the grand vizier Cevat Pasha, and sister of fellow-painter Aliye Berger and writer Cevat Şakir Kabaağaçlı (aka the Fisherman of Halicarnassus), Fahrünissa Zeid took her surname from her husband Emir Zeid, brother of Iraqi King Faysal I; she changed the spelling of her name to Fahrelnissa in France.

Fahrelnissa is the first woman artist to have exhibited at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London. She joined the “d Grup” in Istanbul In 1942, by which time she had already started to create her own unique, hypnotic style. She then became increasingly focused on abstract painting. Monumental and dynamic abstract compositions engulf the viewer in fields of colour, light and energetic movement. Later in her life, she alsopainted slightly naive portraits of family and friends. In 1975 she moved to Amman where she founded Fahrelnissa Zeid Institute of Fine Arts there.

A Fahrelnissa Zeid Retrospective was held in 2017 at the Tate Modern London and travelled to the Berlin Deutsche Bank Kuntshalle in 2018.

Key to paintings illustrated: Abstract Composition, 1953, 131x182cm; Untitled (portrait), 1964, 150 x 100cm; Three Ways of Lving (War), 1942, 125 x 205cm

Related Books
Cornucopia Bookshop


Back Issues



Cornucopia Digital Subscription

The Digital Edition

Cornucopia works in partnership with the digital publishing platform Exact Editions to offer individual and institutional subscribers unlimited access to a searchable archive of fascinating back issues and every newly published issue. The digital edition of Cornucopia is available cross-platform on web, iOS and Android and offers a comprehensive search function, allowing the title’s cultural content to be delved into at the touch of a button.

Digital Subscription: £18.99 / $18.99 (1 year)

Subscribe now