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Cypress Tree, c.1915

Cypress Tree, c.1915
Cypress Tree, c.1915
Maleas Constantinos
(1879-Athens 1928)
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Oil on cardboard
Gift of Const. & Bodile Stavrou

In Cypress Tree, with its virtually gestural attack of colour, the artist builds the composition in units, without interesting himself in the natural model, but only for the purposes of the impression which he himself forms as the sun consumes everything around him. Thus the foliage of the cypress tree is mutated into red flames, and the surrounding wall, which is in shadow, is dyed mauve, while at the points on which the sunlight falls, light-coloured surfaces reflect all these anti-naturalistic colourings. This manner of painting dominated the work of Maleas until the middle of the second decade of the twentieth century.