Fahrelnissa Zeid

1901–1991

Fahrelnissa Zeid, ‘Untitled’ c.1950s
Untitled c.1950s
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Fahrelnissa Zeid (Arabic: الأميرة فخر النساء زيد‎‎) or Fahr-El-Nissa (1901 – 5 September 1991) was a Turkish artist best known for her large-scale abstract paintings. Although predominantly a painter, she also made drawings, lithographs, and sculptures. Her work blended elements of Islamic and Byzantine art with abstraction and other influences from the West.

She married into the Hashemite royal family of Iraq. She is the mother of Prince Raad bin Zeid and grandmother of Prince Zeid bin Ra'ad.

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