On Nov. 27, at New Bond Street London, some of the greatest Greek Fine Art works will be up for bid at Bonhams Greek Art, including the monumental Triptych A, from 1969,by Yiannis Spyropoulos. This dramatic painting of sophistication, linear elegance and simple grandeur with a play on light that echoes Rembrandt’s dramatic canvases, is estimated to sell for between $193,000-$290,000
Spyropoulos is one of Greece’s greatest painters and was internationally recognized for his talent in the Venice Biennale in 1960, when he was honored with the Unesco prize. Yiannis Moralis, another master of Greek abstraction, is also well represented in the sale with Figurehead painted in 1994 and estimated at $161,000-$245,000.
The Greek Art sale brings together some of the most influential 19th-Century Greek artists from post-war to contemporary periods. Magnificent works by the great 19th Century master of genre painting and dominant figure of the Munich School, Nicholaos Gysis, are also among the highlights in the sale. The painter in the Orient is estimated at $245,000-$323,000, showing what a profound impact the artist’s trip to the Orient in 1873 had on his artistic evolution.
Among other artistic works on sale are The House of Yiannis Tsarouchis in Maroussi with an Angel, estimated at $128,000-$192,000 and Portrait of a Dancer, estimated at $32,230-$48,345420,000 – 30,000, by Yannis Tsarouxis. Olympia Pappa, Greek Art Specialist at Bonhams commented: “Despite the current climate, Bonhams still believes in the market and continues to hold stand-alone Greek Art sales. We are expecting much interest in this sale, considering the quality of the works and the artists represented. The top lots are unique works, which have all formed an important part to each artist’s oeuvre.”
Other highlights will also include important works by Theofilos, Theodore Jacque Ralli, Constantinos Maleas, Yiannis Gaitis, Paris Prekas, Thanos Tsingos, Alexis Akrithakis and Alekos Fassianos.