Technical giant Google marked the 117th birthday of renowned Turkish engraver and painter Aliye Berger with a special “doodle logo” on Thursday.
Today, local search engine users on google.com or google.com.tr can see a cartoon of the artist. Clicking on the doodle brings information and news about Berger.
The search engine home page often changes to commemorate holidays, events, accomplishments, and important historical figures.
Berger, one of the first Turkish engravers, was born on December 24, 1903 in Buyukada, Istanbul’s largest Princely Island.
Known for her expressionist engravings, Berger initially studied painting and piano classes at a French high school in Istanbul.
In 1947, she married Carl Berger, but he passed away almost six months later.
Berger then moved to London where she studied engraving and sculpture under the mentorship of prominent engraver and wood artist John Buckland-Wright.
In 1951, upon her return to Turkey, Berger held her first exhibition, displaying her 150 works in Istanbul.
Three years later, Berger won the Yapı Kredi Bank’s international painting competition with her oil painting called Sunrise, and a year later, in 1955, she took second prize at the Second Tehran Biennale.
Berger died on August 9, 1974 in Buyukada. After Berger’s death, her works were exhibited several times in Istanbul, Vienna and New York.
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