Les Pêcheurs

Yahia Turki

Les Pêcheurs, 1940

Oil on canvas





Price: 50,000 USD

About The Work

This painting represents a scene from daily life in Tunisia. Yahia uses this type of framing, and the points of view adapted to it, to count the elements constituting the scene, and to distinguish a place, a composition in which a limited number of characters are engaged in a daily activity. We note the existence of elements accompanying the characters (basket and fish), situating the place (the sea in this painting) and the subject represented in the painting to compose an atmosphere of a domestic and daily space.

About Yahia Turki

Turkish born artist Yahia Turki, is considered to be one of the most significant painters of his time working in Tunisia, he was often hailed as the “father of Tunisian painting”. Following the independence of Tunisia, he became the president of Ecole de Tunis, which was founded as an assembly for artists with the intention of identifying and establishing a Tunisian style of painting. Starting out as a self-taught artist, in 1923 Turki was invited to participate in the Tunisian Salon, this marked a critical event in the artist's career, propelling him to recognition. Following this, the artist pursued his studies in Paris, through a scholarship, spending the years between 1927 and 1928 in France. During this time, he was able to develop his technique and style. Coinciding with this period, he participated in the Colonial Exhibition of French Artists, and the Salon des Indépendants, which included the works influential figures such as Toulouse-Lautrec, Paul Cézanne and Vincent Van Gogh. Turki left a great impression as a young painter in such a significant event, in his attempt to "reconcile Tunisian national identity within an inherited system of artistic practices". His architectural spaces, landscapes, still lifes, and portraits depict the everyday life of Tunisia. In the 1950s he worked on murals at the École d’Agriculture de Moghrane, through his teaching, he had a role in developing the future generation of artists in Tunisia, which consequently reinforced Ecole de Tunis in providing a critical role to encouraging an original expression in Tunisian artistic production.


Founded in 2004 in Tunis by Essia Hamdi, the gallery presents works of internationally renowned artists, talented and proven. Since its creation, its founder has continued to link projects and exhibitions, choosing to implement a two-fold policy. One concerns modern Tunisian artists (such as those of the Tunis school: Ali Bellagha, AbdelaziziGorgi ... and international (like Pomar and Sosno). The other part gives an opportunity for young contemporary artists to express themselves through different mediums ranging from photo to video and installations; Essia Hamdi entrusted them with this task in the form of 'Carte Blanche'. The gallery's participation in prestigious art fairs not only allowed artists to be visible outside their home country, but also to the acquisition of some works from important museums, such as the Guggenheim's Abu Dhabi.

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