Ervand Demirdjian (1870-1936)

Ervand Toros Demirdjian was born on 24 May 1870, at Yeni Kapu, a quarter of Constantinople, where he spent his childhood. His family consisted of his father and an elder brother, his mother, three sisters and himself. His grandfather was a blacksmith; hence his family name was Demirdjian (demirdgy in Turkish means blacksmith). After ending his elementary studies at the local Armenian school, he entered the recently established School of Fine Arts in Constantinople and graduated with honors. In 1893, encouraged and accompanied by Arshag Tchobanian (1872-1954), an Armenian intellectual, he went to Paris and enrolled in the Julian Academy

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