The first portrait of Mustafa Kemal by Wilhelm Victor Krausz, 1916
First Portrait of Mustafa Kemal
The first portrait of Mustafa Kemal was made by the Austrian painter Wilhelm Victor Krausz during the Battle of Anafartalar. With his deep blue eyes and light green sprinkles, Mustafa Kemal of those days is reflected in the type of hero who plans some thoughts for the future. This is a successful portrait. Its painter is Austrian Wilhelm Victor Krausz.
This painter was in Çanakkale on duty in 1916. As it is known, Germans, Austrians and Bulgarians fought together as Turkey's allies in World War I. At that time, there were two painters on the Çanakkale front. One of them was the famous Turkish painter Hayri Çizel and the other was the Austrian Krausz. Both painted war pictures between allied soldiers.
Mustafa Kemal was not yet a general in those days, but he was known for his knowledge and superiority in warfare. His future was as bright as the sun. As learned from the late ambassador, Ruşen Eşref Ünaydın, who was Atatürk's general secretary, was a member of the parliament, and stood next to Atatürk almost every day, this Austrian painter found Atatürk's physical appearance very interesting, and took his photo with the bellows machine he used on the front with his permission. and he made a portrait with Enveriyesi, one of the serpuşu of that period. The year is 1916.
Wilhelm Victor Krausz
was born on March 21, 1878 in Hungary (Neutra), lived in Vienna, and was a student of F.Rrumpler at the Vienna Academy. He studied at the Julian Academy in Paris under Lefebrve and Robert Feuri. He also studied at the Zugelschule Worth. Honored with the State Grand Gold Medal in 1913, Prof. Krausz won a gold medal at the international exhibition in Barcelona in 1930. He also created portraits of various artists in the Vienna Burgtheater Foyer and had the portrait of an old man accepted by the Modern Gallery, and died in Baden/Vienna in early May 1959.