YANNOUKAKIS Dimitris (1898-1991) “The Little Fisherman”, 1940

The Little Fisherman (1940)

Yannoukakis was influenced by realist, expressionist and cubist ideas, which he creatively applied in his engravings. He combined printmaking methods in a unique way and was possibly the first in Greece to use color innovatively in copperplate engraving. One of Yannoukakis` best-known engravings, the pensive little fisherman fills the greater portion of the image surface with his pose and references motifs from ancient Greek sculpture. In the 1950s, the artist added a linear background with the roofs of two churches, drawn with rugged lines that contrast with the detailed incising on the figure of the boy. (See version in the exhibition catalogue of `The Child`)