Moments Through Life
I have two basic aspirations, despite the thousands of differences between my works.
One aspiration is, so to speak, neoclassical and tries to assimilate the ancient classical ideal, as expressed for the entire world in later times by the Renaissance and Baroque.
My other trend is to express all my objections to my own ideal, assisted by the great objectors of our time, and also by ancient Greek models, which often provide testimony and support for the objections.
Given the distinction, we may define the chronological sequence of the two trends.
[ 1925 - 1934 ]
1925 – 1928 Water-colours with a conservative naturalism
1928 – 1930 Influence of oriental expressionism
1931 – 1934 Studies under Kondoglou. Learning Byzantine Art, study of Coptic weaving, Byzantine music and dances in the Greek provinces
[ 1934 - 1939 ]
1934 – 1935 Study of extremist trends, surrealist poems. Trip to Paris. Acquaintance with the 19th-century in Europe, study and influence.
1936 – 1939 Return to Greece. Influence of painted Karagiozis posters and Matisse. Return to oriental expressionism.
[ 1939 - 1953 ]
1939 – 1940 Studies in the spirit of 19th-century naturalism. Throughout the German Occupation I studied from life, based on colour..
1948 – 1953 A few paintings with the aspirations of oriental expressionism.
[ 1954 - 1966 ]
1954 – 1958 Studies from life
1959 – 1961 Interrupted my painting for the theatre
1962 – 1966 Resumed my studies from life. Clear influence of Byzantine art and Pompeii interlinked with realistic studies from life.
[ 1967 - 1989 ]
1967 – 1980 Settled in Paris. My studies from life are influenced by 17th and 19th century French painting.