Sarkis Diranian was born inConstantinople.He studied at Guillemet's academy in 1875. In 1883 he exhibited his work titled "The Sorceress" at the photographic studio of the Abdullah Brothers.Upon its sale, he used the proceeds to finance his studies at the Fine Arts faculty in Paris.Sarkis Diranianparticipated in theSalons of theSociety of French Artistswhere he receivedan honorable mentionin 1892and anotherin 1900.
Source Peintres et sculpteurs arméniens, du 19eme siècle à nos jours By OnnikAwetisian
Hovhannes Zardaryan was colourist Armenian painter, also a member of USSR Academy of Arts, Academician of theUSSR Academy of Arts.
HovhannesZardaryanwas bornJanuary 8, 1918,in Kars(now Turkey)ina family of craftsmen.Duringthe Armenian genocide,thefamilytakes refugeZardaryanfirstin Armavir,Krasnodarandthenfinallysettledin 1920in Tiflis,where, at age 15,Hovhannesbegan his studies attheGeorgian Academyof Finearts.In 1933he moved toYerevan, where hecontinued his studiesat the Collegeof Fine Arts(laterspecializedTerlemezyanSchool)under the leadershipofArmenian paintersVahramArakelyanandSedrakGayfezdjian.
Sebuh Manas (1816-1889), a brother of Rupen, and another Manas named Jozef (1835-1916) both served as court artists during the reigns of Mahmud II (1808-1839), Abdulmecid I (1839-1861), Abdulaziz (1861-1876) and Abdulhamid ll (1876-1909).
Portrait of Abdulmecid I
Most notably, imperial portraitist Rupen Manas, chief interpreter at the Ottoman Embassy in Paris in 1847, received a Mecidiye medal in 1854, while his brother Sebuh Manas, also an imperial portraitist, received one the following year.The Manas brothers were assigned in the Ottoman embassy in Paris, the portraits made by Rupen Manas (181 0?- 1 875) were distributed to other embassies in Europe. Abdulmecid gave orders for a series of oil portraits of all the Ottoman sultans before him to the artist Portet. These portraits made to be exhibited in the palace are still in the Topkapi Palace.During this period interest in things Western manifested itself also in the art of painting. Mahmut II sent Rupen Manas to Paris for training in art. He had his own portrait done in oils by this artist and then had it displayed at the Sublime Porte.
Armenian painters in the Ottoman Empire, 1600-1923. by Garo Kurkman
Orientalism and Turkey, Semra Germaner, Zeynep İnankur - 1989
MkrtumHovnatanianwas born ina family ofHovnatanian ( Famous Armenian artists) .As the son ofOvnatanHovnatanian, lived and workedin Tbilisi.He paintedreligiouspaintings,executeda series of imagesof the Armenian kingsand generals.
Portrait ofa priest(unknown)
Photo is from National Gallery of Armenia, Gallery.Am
Sources "PopularArtEncyclopedia"2ndbook,publishing house "Soviet Encyclopedia",1986 M.Kazarian"ArtistsHovnatanian" Moscow,1969