March 12 * and the Aftermath


Death of Caca Bey Death of Caca Bey

1970, oil on hardboard,
120 x 117 cm

1971 was a year of turbulent feelings for me, during which I was buffeted by many contrary winds.
In 1955 I had done a cubist painting as part of my final pregraduation work at the academy. It was called War, meaning a battle of antiquity, and I believe it was inspired by Roger de la Fresnay.
In the foreground lies a fallen warrior, pure and gracious but near to his end. I wanted it to depict with extraordinary force, the fact of no more existing. The passing away of the strong and beautiful was the more poignant, the more devastating loss.
This helplessly sprawled figure, which was to reappear frequently in the 1970's with the titles Dead King and the Death of Cacabey, shows that even in 1955 I was determined to bring down my gaily bedecked monarches, sooner or later, some day.

* 1971 military coup at Turkey

Shot dead Shot dead

1971, oil on canvas,
114 x 163 cm

Shot dead Shot dead

oil on canvas,
82 x 90 cm

Shot dead Shot dead

Drawing, colour pencil,
21 x 29 cm

	Drawing Drawing

pencil on paper

Process Process

oil on canvas,
89 x 116 cm

Museum visit Museum visit with Book

Altan, who believes art can be learned only in museums, uses projections and books as only alternatives in his lessons. On the other hand, teaching by the book was the rule of his workshop master Z. Faik.


Other phases

Altan's work since 1982: new period family trees panel works collages

Earlier working phases: education phase romantic period kings & queens cyclops & fly king tapestry March 12 realistic phase