Still life with shells, 1938
There is a ten-year interval between the two works both entitled Olives (1935 – 1938, 1948). Angelos Theodoropoulos, who was particularly fond of the subject, had been concerned since 1930 with the depiction of the olive and the olive grove. By various techniques, woodcuts on upright or transverse wood, and later by means of copper engraving, he attempted to stress differing features on each occasion. To begin with, he was interested in light and strong contrasts, whereas later he insisted more on the description of individual details.
In Still Life with Shells of 1938, the great facility with which the artist employed techniques always made it possible for him to create new impressions by using different ones. In Still Life, the desideratum is the handling of the light and the method adopted is persistent engraving on upright wood,