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Konstantinos Maleas
GREEK
THE TEMPLE OF BAALBEK, LEBANON
Estimate
30,00050,000
LOT SOLD. 37,250 GBP
JUMP TO LOT
17
Konstantinos Maleas
GREEK
THE TEMPLE OF BAALBEK, LEBANON
Estimate
30,00050,000
LOT SOLD. 37,250 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

The Greek Sale

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Konstantinos Maleas
1879-1928
GREEK
THE TEMPLE OF BAALBEK, LEBANON

Provenance

D. Staikos, Athens
Private Collection, Athens (purchased from the wife of the above in 1982)

Exhibited

Athens, Parnassos Exhibition, 1917
Athens, Ethousa Anatoli, K. Maleas, 1919
Athens, National Gallery and Alexandros Soutzos Museum, Konstantinos Maleas, 1980, no. 32

Literature

Antonis Kotidis, Konstantinos Maleas, Athens, 2000, pp. 76 & 328, no. 42, illustrated

Catalogue Note

The so-called 'Generation of the Thirties'- comprising such modernists as Maleas, Nicholas Lytras, Spyros Papaloukas and Constantinos Parthenis – represented a reaction against conservative currents in painting and the institutions that fostered them. Most were members of the Omas Techni, a group that mounted the first Secessionist exhibition in Greece in 1917.

Influenced by the Post- Impressionist movements of the early 20th century, Maleas' work is dominated by vibrant colours and thick brushstrokes. His technique of applying paint in layers was influenced by his teacher Henri Martin under whom he studied in Paris from 1901 to 1908. 

Maleas' pivotal importance in Greek painting is ascribed to the assimilation of Pont Aven symbolism; the arabesque line and flattened space of art nouveau, and the rich colouring of the Fauves. Throughout his life, Maleas travelled extensively and frequently in the East, visiting Lebanon, Constantinople, Egypt, Syria and Palestine. The Temple of Baalbek was most probably painted in situ and is a prime example of his work during this period.


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