Fahrelnissa Zeid was one of the most influential Turkish artists of her time. Zeid is best known for her large-scale, colourful canvases which fuse European approaches to abstract art. The Tate Modern explores the artist’s work in the UK’s first retrospective.



Breaking through in the early 1940’s, Zeid championed experimental approaches to painting. Strong black lines became a motif throughout her career, contrasting agile optic patterns. Vibrant colours in kaleidoscopic formations create an energetic motion in her works. The unique fusion of art movements in her works makes her a key figure for abstract aesthetics.



As well as being a prominent figure in art, she is also an influential one. Fahrelnissa Zeid was one of the first women to receive formal training as an artist in Istanbul. This led to her transforming her home into an art school for aspiring female artists, later in life.


The exhibition gives us the first chance to see Zeid’s masterpiece, My Hell, in the UK. The 5.2 metre long painting presents the artist’s desire to create an all encompassing environment. Sharp geometrics are bounded by black lines, creating a balance between order and chaos.

Visit the Fahrelnissa Zeid exhibtion at the Tate Modern from 13th June till 8th October.