Still life signed in Greek (lower right) oil on canvas 50 x 61 cm. (19 1/2 x 24 in.)
Literature: Stelios Lydakis, Dictionary of Greek Artists, Melissa publications, Athens 1976, p. 478 (illustrated).
Vassilios Harzis, an exceptional talent, was one of the few known artists of his time who did not study abroad. A student of Volanakis, he was mainly involved with seascape painting and in many of his works he managed to surpass his great teacher. Aside from seascapes, he painted in the vein of progressive Munich School artists.1 In this well organized and attractive still-life composition we witness the artists intention to adopt certain post-impressionist achievements and build up form with broad brushstrokes of undifferentiated colour, breaking away from the conservative tenets he adhered to during his studies at the Athens School of Fine Arts.
1See A. Kotidis, Greek Art, 19th Century Painting [in Greek], Ekdotiki Athinon publ., Athens 1995, pp. 254, 265