Three portraits by Yannis Tsarouchis, one of the major representatives of the Thirties Generation, lead Bonhams Greek Art Sale on April 26 in London. The three works are titled “Winter” (estimate: £120,000-180,000), “Mother and Child” (estimate: £30,000-50,000), and “Portrait of Despina Wearing a Rose Dress” (estimate: £20,000-30,000).
“Winter” 1968, from the artist’s Four Seasons collection, is a painting of a male figure who can be seen as a symbol of the modern Greek spirit. “Mother and Child,” painted in 1936, shows a young lady tenderly cradling her baby, the composition alluding to Mother and Child depictions on Byzantine icons. And “Portrait of Despina Wearing a Rose Dress,” painted in Paris in 1970, depicts the artist’s niece.
Olympia Pappa from the Bonhams Greek art department said, “In his portraits Tsarouchis drew on the many traditions and experiences which had shaped him as an artist and as a man. “He strove not simply to depict a likeness of the sitter but also to capture – in his own words – ‘the divine part of the face’ and to relate the individual to the ideal of Greekness that was so central to his life and artistic output.”
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