Hikmet Onat


Morning on the Üsküdar Shore – Oil on Canvas

Hikmet Onat / 1882 Istanbul – 1977 Istanbul

In 1910, Onat graduated from Sanayi-i Nefise Mektebi Alisi (The Academy of Fine Arts). He worked with Fernand P. Cormon in Paris for four years. In 1915, he became a studio instructor at Sanayi-i Nefise Mektebi Alisi. Hikmet Onat, who was also interested in portraiture and figure compositions during his stay in Paris and the time following his return to Istanbul, adopted the picturesque landscape of the Bosporus as a constant subject area. He reflects his commitment to nature in his paintings in a sensible and vigorous atmosphere with an oriental acceptance. With a form and construction method that could be classed as an impressionist key technique and which can be explained by brush skill, he produced many high-class works. Hikmet Onat’s landscapes stand out with their remarkable compositional characteristics. The trees and coast that we are accustomed to in the sights of Istanbul preserve their priority as an image. It is always possible to observe the vibratory rhythm captured by Onat’s typical brush movements, the harmony achieved on the surface, and the “so-called” depth deriving from the color perspective.

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