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Fahrelnissa Zeid—just Google her....

Fahrelnissa Zeid's kaleidoscopic design as seen on Google courtesy Google

Google's homepage has turned into a homage to the late Turkish artist Fahrelnissa Zeid who died in 1991 (the search engine is honouring this art titan on what would have been her 118th birthday). Born into an elite Ottoman family, she experienced her first (of what would be many) tragedies at the age of 12 when her older brother was convicted of murdering her father. Zeid turned to art as a way to cope; she would later buck social conventions to become one of the first Modern female painters in Turkey and a pioneering figure in the abstract art movement, who worked on a scale that was ambitious by anyone’s standards, and exhibited regularly in her native country as well as in France and the UK. A survey of her work at Tate Modern in 2017 traced Zeid’s expressionist beginnings through to her interest in abstraction, which arose from her first plane flight over Baghdad, to her foray into sculpture and return to portraiture late in life. Google today is giving billions of people worldwide a taste of Zeid's eye-popping, scintillating style.