Yiannis Tsarouchis

14 December, 2007 - 26 January, 2008

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The exhibition will feature examples of many of his well-known subjects, including portraits, male nudes as well as costume and stage designs.


The beginning of the artist’s artistic activity in the 1930s is closely tied with social, intellectual and historical upheavals in Greece, a period when the ideals of folk art and Byzantine art were being rediscovered and the issue of “Greekness” was being examined.  But it was also a time when artists were shifting their gaze from the academic style of the Munich School to the new artistic movements that had emerged from Paris.


In the exhibition, the different influences that stimulated and inspired Tsarouchis (1910-1989) are clearly visible.  From his early years, the artist had developed a very personal style that borrowed and interpreted elements from various traditions, both Greek and foreign.  His portraiture and monumental figures, the variations of his color schemes, his adherence to realism but also his ability to abstract and filter out non-essential elements in his compositions reflect the ways he was able to re-interpret the stimuli from the various sources that sparked his imagination.