Iro Sismani (acquired from the artist. Sismani was a Greek choreographer and friend of the artist. Tsarouchis made stage sets and costumes for her productions); thence by descent to the present owner
This monumental work is the most important of Tsarouchis' dreamlike landscapes, and among the largest works the artist painted. A much smaller variant in watercolour (26 by 34cm), without the horse and rider in the centre, is in the collection of the National Bank of Greece.
The canvas has not been lined. Some of the grey pigments in the rocks to the right of the composition and in a strip in the balustrade in the upper left fluoresce under ultraviolet light, however these would certainly appear to be the artist's original pigments and not retouching. There is some surface dirt and the work would benefit from a surface clean, otherwise it is in good original condition.Held in a narrow modern gold-painted frame.The work is less red in reality than in the catalogue illustration, more orange and lighter. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."