RALLIS Theodoros (1852-1909) “Oriental Baths”

Oriental Baths
A native of Constantinople, Theodoros Rallis studied in Paris under Gerome. He turned to the exotic orientalism, which since the mid-19th century has never lost its hold on painters` imaginations. Rallis sometimes interpreted this subject matter with a religious sentiment and the mysticism of the East. His main concern, however, was the sensuous female nude, which he depicted – as […]
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XYDIAS Nikolaos (1826-1909) “Still Life with Fruit”

Nikolaos Xydias was involved especially with the still life form, which he rendered according to the trends in French painting that emerged with the innovations brought by Chardin. Nevertheless, Xydias` paintings also contained elements of 17th and 18th century Flemish and Dutch painting, whose influence was definitive to the development of the genre. The meticulously rendered details, the particular attention […]
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HATZIS Vassileios (1870-1915) “Ship in a Storm”

Ship in a Storm
This painting is among the painter`s early works, as ascertained from by its date. His apprenticeship under Konstantinos Volanakis in his student years at the Athens School of Art naturally had an influence on the young painter, not only in subject matter but also in technique and compositional organization. Thus, these early works by Hatzis, which are frequently large scale, […]
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VOLANAKIS Konstantinos (1837-1907) “Volos Harbor”

Volos Harbor
Volanakis` relationship to the city of Volos and the Pelion peninsula is known from his biographies. The Emporikos Company in Trieste, where he worked as an accountant from 1856, was owned by Georgios Afentoulis, a native of Zagora in Pelion. Moreover, Volanakis` wife, whom he married in 1875, was the niece of Fanis Afentoulis. In painting in the Averoff Museum […]
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ROILOS George (1867-1928) “The Battle of Pharsalus”, before 1901

The Battle of Pharsalus (before 1901)
`The Battle of Pharsalus` together with two other paintings by Roilos, `Gentzelia` and `Deleria,` form a trilogy with which the artist portrayed the (unfortunate for the Greeks) war of 1897, according to the new approach to depicting historical scenes that prevailed since the 19th century. By this time, the inspiration of the classical ideals of Greco-Roman-era painting had ceased to […]
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XYDIAS Nikolaos (1826-1909) “Allegorical Scene”, 1862

Allegorical Scene (1862)
Nikolaos Xydias, a painter born on the island of Cephalonia, initially followed the same route of study taken by his compatriots, to Venice and Rome. However, he ended up in Paris, where eventually settled and lived for nearly thirty years as a highly productive artist. Profoundly influenced by the painting of the `Second Empire,` which spoke for an emerging urban […]
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PANTAZIS Pericles (1849-1884) “Street Urchin Eating Watermelon”

Street Urchin Eating Watermelon
Pantazis subscribed to and assimilated the innovative views of his time to emerge as an important figure in 19th century painting. Living in Belgium, he was able to condense the artistic issues of modernism, and through his frequent exhibitions in Athens, he could offer his compatriots some contact with the great changes taking place in the European centers. During his […]
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ALTAMOURAS Ioannis (1852-1878) “Sailing Vessels”, 1874

Sailing Vessels (1874)
During his three-year stay in Copenhagen, Ioannis Altamouras was exposed to the new pleinairist and early-Impressionist tendencies that emerged during the second half of the 19th century, and assimilated their main features. He joined the Skeen group, which painted the countryside around the city, attempting with them, though the direct observation offered by on the spot painting, to capture at […]
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ALTAMOURAS Ioannis (1852-1878) “Waves”

Ioannis Altamouras was the first Greek painter to deal exclusively with the seascape. Views of the ports and shores of Denmark, where he went to study, were his basic sources of inspiration. Involved in the movements that stirred the early-impressionistic tendencies in Northern Europe, he abandoned all narrative description of the object and, liberated, studied the metamorphosis of the atmosphere […]
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PANTAZIS Pericles (1849-1884) “The Estuaries of the River Escaut”

The Estuaries of the River Escaut
A series of paintings made by Pantazis around Brussels, on the banks of the Lesse, Meuse, and Escaut Rivers and surrounding areas demonstrates how the artist percieved the depiction of the landscape as an on-the-spot rendering of an ongoing occurrence in nature, which is manifested through the autheticity of the color, the variegations of light, and the subjection to perpetual […]
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