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SPYROS PAPALOUKAS | Mountain Village

30,000 - 50,000 GBP
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  • Spyros Papaloukas
  • Mountain Village
  • signed in Greek lower right
  • oil on board
  • 51 by 57cm., 20 by 22½in.

Catalogue Note

Combining post-Impressionist influences with the Byzantine iconographic tradition, Papaloukas created works that are highly personal and expressive. His canvases, artistic transmutations of the world around him, became a vehicle for expressing his artistic freedom and for translating into art a broader need for national self-affirmation common to many artist of the Generation of the Thirties in Greece. The interpretation of space, colour, light and tonal contrast were a particular concern for the artist. To Papaloukas, artistic creation centered on two elements: shape and colour, and he maintained that art meant 'interpreting the hidden connection between objects, the unity of the world, which it is the task of every artist and craftsman to comprehend and to make visible to others by means of its pure elements, that is to say, in the case of a painter by means of form and colour' (quoted by Marina Lambraki-Plaka in 'The Credo of Spyros Papaloukas', Zygos, Athens, 1983, pp. 49-50).