This may not be the first time that Bonhams auction house sells Greek painters’ works, but it is great news that international auction houses have decided to include Greeks in their auction.
The painting titled “Dioskouros II” by Nikos Engonopoulos and “Eroticon” by the “great Greek master of geometric abstraction, Yannis Moralis” will go under the hammer May 22 at the auction house in the UK.
Art historian N. Loizidi stated on Surrealism in Modern Greek Art: “Engonopoulos gave us one version of surrealism – universal – but at the same time deeply rooted to Greekness.” The work has a pre-sale estimate of £100,000 – 150,000.
Yannis Moralis is, according to Bonhams, widely accepted as the greatest living artist. His work will be sold estimately for £180,000 – 250,000.
Engonopoulos and Moralis are “two of the most important members of the ‘Thirties Generation’ of Greek artists,” say people in charge for the Greek sales department at Bonhams.
The Greek sale, which offers works from the 19th century up to the present day, also features ”The Dance of the Muses” by the “father” of Greek 19th century painting, Nicholaos Gysis (1842-1901). “It is expected to be sold for £100,000- 150,000,” said former National Gallery Director M. Kalligas.
Other sale highlights include ”Houses with Boat” by Michalis Economou (estimate £50,000 – 70,000); “View of Harbor” by Constantinos Volanakis (estimate £50,000 – 80,000); and “Female Nude” by Diamantis Diamantopoulos (estimate £80,000 – 120,000).