View of Delfi signed in Greek and dated '1924' (lower right) oil on cardboard 26 x 20 cm.
Litetature: M. Stefanidis, Ellinomouseio, Vol. 5, Athens 2009, 2nd edition, p. 52 (illustrated)
Exhibited: Athens, the old Municipal Theater, Exhibition of Four artists (P. Regos, S. Vassiliou, S. Kokinos, A. Polykandriotis), 25 March 25 April 1926. Larissa, Municipal gallery, Y.Katsigras Museum, Polykleitos Regos, 11 December 1998 5 February 1999. no 1 (illustrated in the catalogue).
Among the first class of students to graduate from the legendary Nikos Lytras studio in 1926, Polykleitos Regos evolved into a prominent figure of Greek landscape painting. His early works reflect the stylistic qualities of his teacher and echo similar approaches by Maleas and Papaloukas, who in 1924, when the 21-year old Regos painted Delphi, had made a bold artistic statement with his Mt. Athos series shown in Thessaloniki. However, as noted by Professor S. Lydakis, "the influence of Lytras in his work is important only in terms of surface texture. Regos is by nature a lyrical and romantic artist, a daydreamer with a genteel attitude."1 While Delphi demonstrates a bold handling of volumetric form, the artist, nonetheless, lovingly depicts the fine colour gradations that flicker within the luminous atmosphere and charge the pictorial space with a vibrant quality. Regarding his participation in the 1926 "Four Young Artists" show, which included the work offered at auction, the press noted that "Regos' luminous paintings exude the optimism, cheerfulness and carefree attitude of youth."2
1. S. Lydakis, Zygos magazine, no. 42, July-August 1980, p. 29 2. Efimerida Elliniki daily, 27/3/1926