1975, Theophilos, Kontoglou, Ghika, Tsarouchis, 4 Painters of 20th Century in Greece

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Theophilos, Kontoglou, Ghika, Tsarouchis

4 Painters of 20th Century in Greece

The Greek Month in London

6th November – 5th December 1975

This Catalogue is sold in aid of

The National Trust in Greece

Published by Wildensten in London in 1975

Pages 47 + 34 Full Pages Illustrations

First Edition

24,5cm x 19cm (approx. 9,75inch. x7,5inch.)

Yannis Tsarouchis was born in Piraeus in 1910. He studied at the Athens School of Fine Arts from 1928 to 1934, the last two years in Parthenis’s studio, while he also studied under Fotis Kontoglou. In 1935 he went to Paris for a year, where he met Tériade (Efstratios Eleftheriades), then the artistic director of the Surrealist review Minotaure). Tsarouchis also met Matisse, who influenced his style. In 1938 he held his first solo exhibition in Athens with 34 works. In 1949 he became a founding member of the Armos Group. In 1951 he exhibited works in Paris and London. The following year, the British Council held a retrospective exhibition of his work with 65 paintings. In 1953 he signed an exclusive contract with Alexandros Iolas. In 1958 he represented Greece at the Venice Biennale, together with Moralis and Sochos. Tsarouchis sought refuge in France at the beginning of the dictatorship in 1967. In 1975, works of his were included in the Four Painters of 20th Century Greece: Theophilos, Kontoglou, Ghika, Tsarouchis exhibition at the Wildenstein Gallery, part of London’s Greek Month. He returned to Greece the same year. In 1981, the Macedonian Museum of Modern Art held a major retrospective with 157 works created between 1928 and 1981. He died in Athens on 20 July 1989.

Photis Kontoglou (Greek: φώτης κόντογλου, The Pen Name of ώώτης αποστολέλης (Photis Apostolelis); Aivali, November 8, 1895 – Athens, July 13, 1965) was a Greek Writer, Painter and Icon Painter.

Nikos Hadjikyriakos-Ghikas (Greek: Νίκος Χατζηκυριάκος–Γκίκας; February 26, 1906 – September 3, 1994), also known as Nikos Ghika, was a leading Greek painter, sculptor, engraver, writer and academic. He was a founding member of the Association of Greek Art Critics, AICA-Hellas, International Association of Art Critics.

Theophilos Chatzimichail (Greek: Θεόφιλος Χατζημιχαήλ or Θεόφιλος Κεφαλάς; born c. 1870, Vareia, near Mytilene, island of Lesbos; died in Vareia, Greece, 24 March 1934 ), known simply as Theophilos, was a Greek folk painter and major contributor in modern Greek art. The main subject of his works are Greek characters and the illustration of Greek traditional folklore and history.

 

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