GIOLDASIS Dimitris (1897-1993) “Aegean Coast”, 1923

Aegean Coast (1923)
This painting, dated 1923, belongs to a period that was decisive not only for the shaping of Giodasis’ personal aesthetic but also for the development of Greek painting as a whole. By then, the turning of Greek artists towards the modernism of Paris meant an innovation in Greek art. Painters such as Maleas played a leading role in generating acceptance […]
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ASTERIADES Aginor (1989-1977) “Landscape with Trees”, 1924

Landscape with Trees (1924)
Aginor Asteriades was a student of Nikolaos Lytras at the Athens School of Fine Arts. Although his oeuvre was strongly bound to tradition, it was also innovative for Greece, since one can detect elements of Post-Impressionism that he indirectly picked up from the work of his colleagues. This painting is characterized by the articulation of the space into planes, an […]
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MALEAS Konstantinos (1879-1928) “Naxos”

Maleas` influence on the course of Neohellenic painting was definitive in the first decades of the 20th century. The artist introduced Greece to a contemporary artistic approach, which led to modernism. Along with his investigations in color, `Naxos` shows another tendency. Here, geometric shapes and their formal potentials become objects for study. Geometric surfaces, rectangular planes, and gentle curves in […]
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MALEAS Konstantinos (1879-1928) “Trees”

This painting exemplifies Konstantinos Maleas` stylistic objectives in his depictions of landscapes, especially those in which the tree plays the central role. Frequently, in the paintings of Post-Impressionists, the Fauves, the Nabis, or the Synthetists, who profoundly affected Maleas` work, trees, with the schematic possibilities offered by their wavy contours, became vehicles for research into form. In the painting that […]
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MALEAS Konstantinos (1879-1928) “Cypress Tree”

Cypress Tree
Konstantinos Maleas was a forerunner of the spirit of renewal that prevailed in Greece during the second and third decade of the 20th century in both arts and letters. He worked exclusively in landscape, which he treated not as a visual representation of a natural model but as a version of space, the comprehension of which required the viewer`s activity, […]
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ECONOMOU Michael (1888-1933) “Fishing House on the Beach”

Fishing House on the Beach
One series of Michael Economou`s paintings show a passion for depicting seaside dwellings, which he rendered in soft tones. This was particularly characteristic of the paintings done in his final phase of artistic production, such as this one in the Averoff Museum, made during the period 1929-1930. In these paintings, the water, the sky and the atmosphere surrounding them are […]
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ECONOMOU Michael (1888-1933) “The Dreaming House”

The Dreaming House
`The Dreaming House` is a characteristic example of those works in modern Greek art that expresses the new approach to landscape depiction, prevalent in the early 20th century. Although these representations present the viewer with recognizable natural models, they nonetheless set one`s mental powers to work to discover new formal equalities. Formalist schematizations in unified blocks of color activate the […]
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ROILOS Georgios (1867-1928) “Town”

A painter with an interesting and extensive range of subject matter, Georgios Roilos, despite his academic training, was concerned with depicting the landscape during the early 20th century, as were most Greek artists. His many trips to Europe broadened his horizons and led him to a personal exploration of nature characterized by daring coloration and a synthetic perception that allied […]
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ECONOMOU Ioannis (1860-1931) “Kaisariani”

Economou`s earliest works bear the distinct stamp of his apprenticeship under Nikiforos Lytras at the Athens School of Fine Arts. He rapidly turned, however, toward landscape and a painting style that introduced certain Impressionist elements, such as a brighter palette, which would make him a part of the plein-air movement that prevailed in Greece in the early 20th century. The […]
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FLORA-KARAVIA Thalia (1871-1960) “Roman Aquaduct”

Roman Aquaduct
Thalia Flora-Karavia is one of Greece`s most noteworthy women painters. With her gentle, fine sensibility and extensive education, she created a series of paintings that display her intellectual and artistic skills. In `Roman Aqueduct` she bypassed the realistic, conservative approach to achieve an impressionistic rendering with strong, expressive colors and contrasts, in accordance with all that she learned in her […]
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