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Photis Kontoglou

The Refugees or The Valley of Lamentation

Artist's Resale Right

Estimate:

80,000

to
- 120,000 EUR

Property from a Private European Collection | Provenant d'une Collection Particulière Européenne

Photis Kontoglou

Photis Kontoglou

The Refugees or The Valley of Lamentation

The Refugees or The Valley of Lamentation

Estimate:

80,000

to
- 120,000 EUR

Lot sold:

252,000

EUR

Property from a Private European Collection

Photis Kontoglou

1896 - 1965

The Refugees or The Valley of Lamentation


signed and inscribed in Greek (lower right) 

oil on canvas

146,7 x 166,8 cm; 57¾ x 65⅝ in.

Painted circa 1930.

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Provenant d'une Collection Particulière Européenne

Photis Kontoglou

1896 - 1965

The Refugees ou The Valley of Lamentation


signé et inscrit en grec (en bas à droite)

huile sur toile

146,7 x 166,8 cm; 57¾ x 65⅝ in.

Peint vers 1930.

The canvas is lined. There is a horizontal line running across the centre of the composition (as visible in the catalogue illustration), this appears to be due to the joining of two large canvas elements and is associated with a few flecks of paint losses and associated minor inpainting. There are a few fly spots and dots of dirt ingrained to the varnish in places. There is some frame rubbing associated with paint losses along the extreme edges and a few minor further flecks of paint losses in areas. There are a few lines of stable craquelure scattered throughout the composition. There is a milky varnish preventing the UV light from fully penetrating. However, examination under UV light appears to reveal some minor areas of fluorescence scattered across the composition due to the varnish and to careful retouching of paint losses in areas, mostly along the edges and the lower part of the composition. This work is in overall good condition and could benefit from a light clean. 


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Estate of the artist

Private collection, Athens

Acquired from the above by the present owner

Dimitris Papastamos, Painting 1930-40, 1981, no. 120, illustrated pp. 108-109

Nikos Zias, Photis Kontoglou, Painter, Athens, 1993, no. 95

Photis Kontoglou : reflections of Byzantium in the 20th century (exhibition catalogue), Athens, 1997, detail illustrated on the front cover

Ta Nea, Fotis Kontoglou, Athens, 2006, illustrated p. 32-33

Photis Kontoglou was a Greek painter and writer born in 1895 in Asia Minor. Born in a pious family, Kontoglou grew up with his uncle, an abbot in a monastery, and religion subsequently held a special place in his life and work. After he travelled to Europe, his return to Greece was affected by the Asia Minor Disaster and then by his visit to the monasteries of Mount Athos, where he discovered the Byzantine legacy. This, as well as the Orthodox Church, played a key role in his work from then on. He worked on the restoration of Byzantine frescoes as well as on the creation of numerous icons for churches throughout Greece, making him a major icon painter and one of the greatest theologians of modern Greece. His work therefore combines Greek culture with modern painting. Having remained in private hands, the present work is the most important painting by Kontoglou to appear at auction.

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Photis Kontoglou est un peintre et écrivain grec né en 1895 en Asie Mineure. Issu d’une famille pieuse, Kontoglou grandit auprès de son oncle, abbé dans un monastère, et la religion occupe par la suite une place centrale dans sa vie et son œuvre. De retour en Grèce après des voyages en Europe, il est marqué par la Grande Catastrophe puis par sa visite des monastères du Mont Athos, où il découvre l’héritage byzantin. Celui-ci, tout comme la religion orthodoxe, jouera dès lors un rôle clé dans son œuvre. Il travaille aussi bien à la restauration de fresques byzantines qu’à la réalisation de nombreuses icônes pour des églises à travers la Grèce, faisant de lui un peintre d’icônes de référence et l’un des plus grands théologiens de la Grèce moderne. Son œuvre crée ainsi une alliance entre culture grecque et peinture moderne. Etant toujours demeurée en mains privées, cette œuvre est la plus importante de Kontoglou jamais présentée en vente publique.