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PROPERTY FROM A EUROPEAN PRIVATE COLLECTION

Georgios Jakobides
GREEK
SMOKE RINGS (THE LITTLE STRUGGLER)
Estimate
120,000180,000
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64

PROPERTY FROM A EUROPEAN PRIVATE COLLECTION

Georgios Jakobides
GREEK
SMOKE RINGS (THE LITTLE STRUGGLER)
Estimate
120,000180,000
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

19th Century European Paintings

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Georgios Jakobides
1852-1932
GREEK
SMOKE RINGS (THE LITTLE STRUGGLER)
signed and dated G JAKOBIDES / 87 lower right
oil on canvas
92.5 by 65.5cm., 36½ by 25¾in.
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Provenance

Wimmer & Co. Gallery of Fine Arts, Munich
Sale: Sotheby's, London, 17 March 1993, lot 116
Purchased at the above sale by the present owner

Exhibited

Athens, VI Exhibition Parnassos, 1903, no. 56, illustrated in the catalogue
Athens, National Gallery & Alexander Soutzos Museum, Georgios Jakobides Retrospective, 2005-6, illustrated in the catalogue (as The Little Struggler)

Literature

Daheim - Kalender für das Deutsche Reich, Bielefeld & Leipzig, 1889, p. 191, illustrated
'Georgios Jakobides', in Panathinea, vol. IV, 30 June 1902, p. 170
Olga Metzafou-Polyzou, Jakobides, Athens, 1999, p. 337, no. 48, catalogued; p. 67, illustrated (as The Little Struggler)
Marina Lambraki-Plaka, Georgios Jakobides Calendar 2006, National Gallery & Alexander Soutzos Museum, Athens, 2005, illustrated (as The Little Struggler)

Catalogue Note

Painted in 1887, the present work depicts a young street urchin taking a break from his chores and playing with smoke rings. The work is an outstanding example of Jakobides celebrated skill at portraying children, capturing their young characters with both sensitivity and humour. By presenting the boy against a neutral back drop, all the emphasis is on his cheeky charm, the focus similar to another major composition from this period, Grandpa's New Pipe (fig. 1).

A great admirer of the painters of the Baroque, in the precise rendering of materials and the intense chiaroscuro in Smoke Rings Jakobides draws on the work of Carravaggio and Murillo, as well as the nineteenth-century Realism of Courbet. In the vibrant whites, resonant blacks and earth-tones, punctuated by the red of the boy's cravat, the influence of the Munich School of Painters appears, in particular Nikiforos Lytras, Jakobides' friend and fellow student there.

In November 1870 Jakobides moved to Athens and enrolled in the Athens School of Fine Arts where he studied until 1876. In 1877 he was awarded a scholarship and travelled to the Akademie der bildenden Künste in Munich, to study under the realist painter Karl von Piloty. Jakobides found great success with his ethnographic paintings of children in a German academic realist style, and was invited by the Greek government to be the first curator of the National Gallery in Athens in 1900. In 1904 he was appointed director of his alma mater, the Athens School of Fine Arts.

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