ALTAMOURAS Ioannis (1852-1878) “Waves”


Ioannis Altamouras was the first Greek painter to deal exclusively with the seascape. Views of the ports and shores of Denmark, where he went to study, were his basic sources of inspiration. Involved in the movements that stirred the early-impressionistic tendencies in Northern Europe, he abandoned all narrative description of the object and, liberated, studied the metamorphosis of the atmosphere or the sea in the specific moment. Altamouras` departure from the anecdotal description of the object is highlighted most effectively in `Waves,` where the painter is not interested in the precise depiction of the theme, but only in isolating a specific motif and rendering its image, as differentiated by its perpetual motion as affected by the light.