Peasant woman from Corfu
A descendant of an aristocratic Corfu family, Zavitsianos enrolled in 1906 in the Munich Academy, where he attended lessons in painting and engraving. At the same time, he was initiated into socialist ideas by Glynos, Delmouzos, and Hatzopoulos, who at that period were living in Germany. Markos Zavitsianos regarded himself as a painter, and his artistic creation belongs within the framework of Impressionist and post-Impressionist quests, with realistic trends. He concerned himself, however, chiefly with engraving, producing prints or illustrating books, so that he was regarded as one of its foremost representatives in Greece. Primitivist features and realistic depictions, influenced by the explorations of his contemporaries in the world of art, creep into both his painting and his engraving, in his quest for pure representation and directness of information, as his ignores suggestion and symbolism.