Vahram Manavian (1880-1952)

Painter, draughtsman, teacher; who also practiced cartoon drawing and photography. Throughout his life Manavian was known as an indocile personality and as a painter he was known to be an extremely conservative artist, not able to surpass his early crude academism. Vahram was born in 1880, in Yeni Kapu, a quarter in Istanbul; the capital of the Ottoman Empire. His family consisted of an intellectual father, Vartan Manavian (1841 – 1888) who was a teacher; mother Anna (1856 – 1931) and six male children. Vahram, being the fourth son of a poor family, his early life was full of hardship.

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