An oil painting depicting the writer Halide Edib Adıvar, one of the modern pillars of contemporary Turkish literature and in particular the Turkish novel, made by Czech painter Alphonse Mucha in Prague in the late 1920s has been found .
The literary giant was the author of the first war novel published in Turkish literature.
The work was discovered through John Mucha, grandson of the famous painter living in London and president of the Mucha Foundation.
Turkish Ambassador to Prague Egemen Bağış said in a statement that Halide Edib Adıvar visited Prague with her husband in 1925 and they became friends with the famous Czech painter of the time, Alphonse Mucha, during their stay there.
Alphonse Mucha was a Bohemian and Czech painter living in Paris during the Art Nouveau period, best known for his distinctly stylized and decorative theatrical posters.
Bağış said that Mucha had a photo of Halide Edib, then he made an oil painting looking at this photo. Bağış and his team had been trying to trace the paint since the day they started working in Prague.
Noting that they finally found the painting through their search over a two-year period, extended due to COVID-19 restrictions, Bağış said they came across the important work from the Foundation’s collection. Mucha in Prague.