Gounaropoulos Georgios (GOUNARO) (1889-1977)
The dreamer in his world
- This Greek painter belongs to the „thirties‘ generation“ of painters, which distinguishes itself by its tendency towards the onirical. As an artist, he is considered unique in that he rejected both conventional academic techniques and impressionism, to create a rich style that can’t easily be classified.
- The painter’s early works –which he later disowned- were strongly influenced by his teachers, who were all inspired by the School of Munich (Bocacciambi, Bikatos, Roilos etc). His first exhibition in Greece was in 1929: a commercial success that divided art critics along pro/anti establishment lines.
- Aside from numerous exhibits in Athens, Europe, and later in the USA, he (for a time) maintained an atelier in Paris and participated in the Venice Biennale of 1934. He was awarded the Guggenheim prize in 1958.
- He was a very prolific artist; many institutions display his work, which he signed “G. Gounaro”. He is the artist who decorated the council room of the city of Athens In 1931. The resulting mural covers over 110 square meters with scenes from Athenian history. Fifteen very large paintings were donated by the painter to the National Gallery in 1975, as a thank you for having been the subject of a large exhibition of his works.
- In 1978, his house was turned into the Gounaropoulos museum.