Fountain has been an important object, reflecting the cultural and life richness of Turkish people, from the ancient eras of history till today. Giving a bowl of water to a thirsty one, bringing water to a place or building a fountain, sebil have been accepted as an important charity in the Turkish culture. Therefore constructions of fountains and fountain foundations have an important value in Turkish communities. Fountains, which constitute an important part within the water related structures in Anatolian Turkish architecture, appear in different forms and plans according to the eras which they were built. For example, the fountains which have reached today, from Seljuk, Anatolian Principalities and Ottoman eras are mostly built in front of madrasahs, mosques and inns, inside of iwans and almost in any street where the community can easily utilize. The reflections of the fountains, that have an important role in Turkish culture, to the Turkish paintings is the aim of this study. The studies of Turkish painting arts based upon culture can be seen before and after the Republic, because water and fountains have always existed in the lives of Turks. The fountain culture is considered important with its reflections in Turkish painting. In this study, the works of Turkish artists who depict the fountain in their paintings were analyzed. Therefore the reflections of fountains in painting arts, that have an important place in our culture, have been found worthy to examine.
Keywords: Water, Fountain, Culture, Arts, Turkish Paintings