GALANIS Dimitris (1879-1966) “The Palace of the Popes in Avignon”, 1914

The Palace of the Popes in Avignon (1914)

This wood engraving is Galanis` first to contain elements of pure Synthetic Cubism and is one of the most important works in Neohellenic printmaking. Its complex composition is dominated by the imposing mass of the majestic building. The innovation in the image is the perspective articulation with its bold use of a strong right diagonal. This diagonal separates the foreground from the background as well as the dark from light planes. He used a multple graver to achieve very fine detail, but incised the the forms with strong, rugged lines.