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Great-grandfather Perraivos holding in his hand the head of Rigas Pheraios, 1956

Great-grandfather Perraivos holding in his hand the head of Rigas Pheraios, 1956
Great-grandfather Perraivos holding in his hand the head of Rigas Pheraios, 1956
Artist
Engonopoulos, Nikos
(Athens 1907 – Athens 1985)
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Oil on canvas
Dimensions
55X46
Source
Courtesy of Helen N. Engonopoulos
Description

The work Great-grandfather Perraivos holding in his hand the head of Rigas Pheraios shows the artist's maternal great-grandfather, wearing the 'foustanela' kilt and a fez, flourishing his sword and holding in his left hand the head of Rigas Pheraios. His warrior great-grandfather Perraivos, without facial features, is depicted in a dynamic forward movement. In the specific work, great-grandfather Perraivos raises his sword as he takes great strides. Engonopoulos created a convention of personal selections of features in order to give a rendering of the surreal. The most important of these by which he gave expression to the surreal are: the mixing up of the chronological order from antiquity to modern times, the peculiarity of the place, the distortion of the anatomy of the bodies, the omission of a rendering of the individuality of the figures by the lack of features of the face, the uniting of unorthodox elements with the figures, and the prolific existence of strange and heterogeneous features. The anthropocentric and ethnocentric surrealism of Engonopoulos puts forward a subversive, exuberant message, full of humour and vivacity.