Arriving into this new Western world that was significantly different than what he experienced in his home country or Europe, Akyavas practised painting in the styles of Tachism and Abstract Expressionism, which were prominent during the period and which also formed his core education in Turkey and in Europe. Fascinated by his cultural heritage and traditions originating from his homeland, he applied a modern aesthetic whilst simultaneously utilising visual references from both Western and Eastern art on the themes of history, religious and spiritual beliefs and notions of time.
Untitled was painted in 1957 making it one of the earliest works Akyavas created when he started his artistic career. Untitled was painted only two years before Glory of the Kings (1959) which was acquired by the Museum of Modern Art in New York the same year and shows many stylistic and compositional similarities in terms of colour, line and form with his other early works, in particular Glory of the Kings II (1959), currently part of a private collection. The present work was acquired by a close friend and a colleague of Akyavas and stayed in the same family collection for over fifty years.
Untitled by Akyavas presents a unique opportunity to acquire one of the earliest works by this prominent Turkish artist, considered to be the starting point of his long and successful career.
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