Seascape, c. 1915-1920
Germenis received his first lessons in painting at the Corfu Art School and continued his studies at the Athens School of Fine Arts, while at the same time he was a student at the Athens University Law School, which, however, he soon abandoned in order to devote himself exclusively to the study of art. As a painter and engraver, he produced genre scenes, landscapes, seascapes, and portraits, while as a sculptor he worked on busts and war memorials. His sculpture was influenced by academic realism, but in his works of painting and print-making, features of academicism are combined with influences from Realism and Expressionism.
The work Seascape is rendered with more freedom than is typical of academic painting, with the interest of Germenis focusing on the depiction of the foaming sea, which he renders by broad unruly brush-strokes which give the impression of the boundless.