Konstantinos Parthenis ‘Art and Spirit’

Corfu, 1917

Still Life, 1929-39

From the retrospective of a highly regarded Greek artist, Konstantinos Parthenis (1879-1967) who was ten years younger than Matisse, two years older than Picasso and who learnt to paint in all the happening places of Europe, as if he was following modernism as it moved around. On display, the sort of the works that made him famous: religious and/or historical subjects where modern aesthetics have been applied to old Greek themes, symbolist and fauve-like versions of local landscapes and post-cubist still lives. These look frugal, seem simple but according to the dates were reworked over significant periods of time. Born Egypt, trained Vienna and Paris, lived Athens. Esteemed as an influential professor and official, decorated artist. Corfu, 1917 and Still Life, 1929-39 at the B & M Theocharakis Foundation, Athens. Until 1st June 2014

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