1919 İstanbul – 2003 İzmir
Avni Arbaş, a Turkish painter, often included to the Newcomers Group or called one of the Harbour Painters, alongside with Turgut Atalay, Selim Turan and Agop Arad. During the time of the Academy, he was a student of İbrahim Çallı and Leopold Levy, who he claimed to be his master. After a scholarship from the French Government, he decided to stay in France. Arbaş was appreciated by Picasso, but he was not the only one who could have made a big impact on Arbaş’s individual style. In his portraits and landscapes he was often drawing upon the tradition of post-impressionism and, consequently, symbolism and École de Pont-Aven. In this manner, he immortalized scenes from the Turkish War of Independence and portrayed Atatürk, who was a friend of his father, the first president and founder of the Republic of Turkey.