Le port d'Antibes signed and dated 'TSINGOS/59' (lower right) oil on canvas 113.5 x 161.5 cm.
Exhibited: Cannes, Gallery 65, Tsingos, 3-21 August 1959.
Literature: The work is included in the catalogue raisonne prepared by Marc Ottavi, no 630.
A visionary of irresistibly beautiful images and a larger-than-life persona, Thanos Tsingos left his indelible mark in the post-war Greek art scene, perfectly capturing the avant-garde longing for romantic escape and constant re-invention of ideas and forms. In 1959 he reaches the pinnacle of his success, reaping laurels in Cannes for his one-man show at Gallery 65. His paintings are sold in Europe, the USA and Canada, while his London galleries consistently promote his work.1
In Le Port d Antibes, an astonishing and monumental picture included in this breakthrough show, bold geometric abstraction and subdued, lyrical colour are freely combined on a shimmering and textured surface to evoke the meeting of sea and land and produce a highly personal interpretation of the cosmopolitan port of Antibes in the South of France. Starting in 1954, Tsingos used to spend spring and summer months in the Côte dAzur, often working fervently on new projects. The painting on offer bears the seal of a restless personality that combined dynamism and sensitivity in a most extraordinary manner. As noted by D. Fatouros, Tsingos painting is intense and tempestuous but not aggressive. That is one of his key expressive characteristics. The artist is in a constant state of vigilance but at a distance, a distance that reflects an attitude of kindness.2
1. See Thanos Tsingos - Yannis Gaitis [in Greek], exhibition catalogue Cyclades Gallery, Ermoupolis, 2004. 2. D. Fatouros, With Intensity and Composure [in Greek] in Thanos Tsingos, exhibition catalogue Leonidas Kanellopoulos Cultural Centre, Eleusis, 2005, p. 19.