The first half of the 20th Century witnessed the transition from the Ottoman Empire to the Turkish Republic. This was a time when modern took the place of tradition. Great social change happened and as a reflection of this, family life, education, clothing habits, the concept of woman and domestic life transformed, too. These changes inspired contemporary novels and paintings. Modern homes, modern families, modern women were the subjects of the novels especially in the 1930's. Between the 1930's and the 1960's the artist Seref Akdik depicted the changing images of homes and women in her portraits and genre paintings. These works reveal furniture, paintings on the walls, flowers in vases as the elements of modern decoration and lady's suits and trousers as modern women's fashion. Her paintings depict daily life observed in an objective way.