Bonhams Greek Sale, taking place in London on November 25th, will feature paintings by well-known Greek artists from the 1930’s whose work inspired the artistic wave of the 20th century in Greece.
“Studio with Large Window” (1984) by Nikos Hadjikyriakos-Ghika, depicting the artist’s own studio, estimated between 100,000-150,000 pounds shows the artist’s original and unique style. “Village in Spring (£60,000-80,000) of 1980 shows Ghika (1906-1994) breaking away from the simple geometric shapes seen in, for example, Santorini from 1967 (£40,000-60,000). The two later paintings explore a freer, less formal expressive language in which fluidity of form and lightness of color prevail,” noted art daily.
The Bonhams Sale will also include works by Yannis Tsarouchis, also known as the painter of Greek people, who was inspired by working class youth of his home town and the Greek sailors and soldiers he encountered during his service in the Greco Italian war.
Nikos Engonopoulos’ “Greek Arcadia” shows off the depth of the pure colors used by the painter while the “Three Wise Men” estimated between 30,000 and 40,000 reflects the artist surrealism through bold colors.
“The painters of ‘30’s were driven by their deep attachment to Greece’s classical heritage on which they drew to express – each in very different ways – what it means to be Greek in the modern world. Their concept of “Greekness” shaped the way the nation regarded itself and left an abiding legacy for artists of the present day,” said Bonhams Greek art specialist, Olympia Pappa.
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