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JUMP TO LOT
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Alexander Iolas

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London

Alexis Akrithakis
1939 - 1994
SUITCASES
signed in Greek and dated 72 (on the reverse)
oil on canvas
81 by 100cm., 32 by 39¼in.
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Provenance

Galleria Alexander Iolas, Milan (label on verso)

Catalogue Note

The present work is a fine example of Akrithakis's works characterised by meandering lines that invite the viewer on an introspective journey to the heart of his paintings. Once again, the artist incorporates a colourful repetition of suitcases, a sort of trademark of his artistic narrative.

As Maria Kotsamani points out in her book on the artist: 'The suitcases, established as an emblem by the 70's, attests most unequivocally to the artist's desire to travel. From this point on, depending on the itinerary, the trip takes over the rest of his symbols, always retaining a cheerful, oneiric quality (...) For Akrithakis, the notion of travel is always expressed by the desire to escape the real world, to make the transition to another whose geographic co-ordinates he is constantly seeking. Objectively speaking, his is a utopian journey, a trip not to be found on the map of reason, but one accompanying the logic of dreams.' (Maria Kotsamani ed., Akrithakis, Athens, 1997, pp. 29-30). 

Alexander Iolas

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London