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Goats on the rocks, 1934

Goats on the rocks, 1934
Goats on the rocks, 1934
Geralis Apostolos
(Mytilene 1886 - Athens 1983)
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Oil on canvas
In Goats on the Rocks, painted in 1934, the plein air influences and the emancipation of the artist from academic painting are apparent. The work is dominated by a naked rock, which occupies the greater part of the work. At the top of the rock, a tree shades a few goats, while in the background the sky, radiant with light, is depicted. As Geralis focuses his interest on the rendering of the rock, he organises the composition in such a way as to bring the subject close to the beholder, seeing it from a visual angle which is directed from below upwards, which raises the line of the horizon to a great height. By large brush-strokes he builds up the paint into virtually monochrome units, which are interrupted only by some bright green markings, reflections from the grass at the foot of the rock.