Infinity field, Nemea Series No 5 signed, dated and titled 'INFINITY FIELD NEMEA SERIES' #V 1973 STAMOS (on the overlap) acrylic on canvas 152.5 x 122 cm.
Provenance: Turske and Turske Gallery, Zurich. M. Knoedler Gallery, Zurich. Private collection, Athens.
A powerful work of luminous geometry invested with spiritual overtones, this lot shows Stamos at his mature best, painting with an extraordinary combination of control and freedom. Vibrant, calligraphic, brilliantly coloured and dynamically balanced, it amply demonstrates the qualities that established his international reputation as a sensitive and skilled draftsman and a visionary of subtle colour-field landscapes enlivened by a life-affirming, magical light emanating from within. One of the founders of postwar American art, along with such great modern masters as J. Pollock and M. Rothko, Stamos is a mystic, inviting the viewer to contemplate his vision of wholeness and rapture, of silence and event. 1 Discussing his work from the early 1970s, art critic Edward Meneeley noted: "These paintings appeal to the spirit and are devoid of any literary references. Like Matisse in his Red studio, Stamos is dealing directly with psychological manifestations." 2
1. See D. Ashton, Stamos, exhibition catalogue, Kouros Gallery, New York 1985. 2. M. Meneeley, Theodoros Stamos, exhibition catalogue, Athens Gallery, 1974.