045. MALEAS Constantine (1879-1928)

045. MALEAS Constantine (1879-1928)

‘ Attica shore’ (Lavrion) c1920s

Signed oil on board 26×37 cm

€ 3.800 – 5.000

Light, liquidity, anti-naturalistic designs, ellipses, reshaping of forms and his color palette, all combine to create a mental, spiritual and beautiful aesthetic. Volumes are showcased and transformed but nevertheless convey movement, substance and life on a beach in Attica, achieving a psychographic representation of the landscape, along with a particular representation of the Greek countryside. Volumes are showcased and transformed into sloping fault lines or steep curves, which nevertheless retain a poetic and airy function. Shapes and lines consequently take on a dynamic function, but the composition is masterfully brought into balance through the use of color, which brings the piece’s structural elements into harmony. This rich, exuberant painting manages to preserve the sensitivity, the tenderness and the sheer quality of Maleas, without the contrast of cold blue and warm umbra introducing any dramatic effects. Warm, earthy tones echo the cool blue shades of the sky and the sea, with the mountains providing the pale warm backdrop.

Ref. A.Kotidis ‘K.Maleas’ publ.ADAM Athens 2000, var.shown p.158

PROV. Priv. collection Athens


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