Online Presentation: Painter Sabiha Rüştü Bozcalı

Bozcal 14 1 Sabiha Rüştü Bozcalı’nın Münih Güzel Sanatlar Akademisi kimlik kartı (1923-24)
SALT Araştırma, Sabiha Rüştü Bozcalı Arşivi
Sabiha Rüştü Bozcalı’s Academy of Fine Arts, Munich I.D.
SALT Research, Sabiha Rüştü Bozcalı Archive
Compiled from the SALT Research archive collection of Sabiha Rüştü Bozcalı (1904-1998)—the first female illustrator of Turkey—an online presentation highlighting the compelling life and prominent works of the painter is presented on Google Arts & Culture.

Born into a diplomatic family, Bozcalı began painting at the age of five and was tutored by Ali Sami Boyar, the first director of Academy of Fine Arts for Women in the Ottoman Empire. At the age of 15 she went to study abroad—in Berlin, Munich, Paris and Rome, working in the studios of painters such as Lovis Corinth, Moritz Heymann, Karl Caspar, Paul Signac, and Giorgio de Chirico. Bozcalı also attended the studio of Namık İsmail at the State Academy of Fine Arts in Istanbul between 1928-1929. Following her contributions to the transformation of visual language in advertising and publishing between the 1930s and 1950s, she became a newspaper illustrator for various dailies as well as one of the principal illustrators for historian Reşad Ekrem Koçu’s İstanbul Ansiklopedisi [Istanbul Encyclopedia].

Previously little known, Bozcalı’s drawings, paintings, photographs, letters, postcards and the various publications she contributed were explored with the exhibition Painter Sabiha Rüştü Bozcalı at SALT Galata between December 2015 and March 2016.