Art: Brilliance on the Bosporus

NO nation is more torn between the culture of East and West than modern Turkey. Most of its artists take their stand on the western shore of the Bosporus, doing second-rate imitations of European art. Others occupy the eastern bank, and turn out miniature paintings, inlays and rugs of the sort traditionally associated with Persia. One of Turkey's best contemporary painters is an artist named Bedri Rahmi Eyuboglu, who has one foot firmly planted on either side of the Bosporus, paints pictures that could never have been done farther east of Paris or west of Bagdad.

Now 40, Painter Eyuboglu spent three...

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