Building signed 'J. Busianis' (lower left); signed and dated '1937' (on the reverse) oil on panel 33.5 x 39 cm.
PROVENANCE: Given as a present to D. Vassiliou-Elliot from the Director of the Rhodes Pinacotheque, Andreas Ioannou. Private collection, Athens.
"Buildings in various manifestations are among Bouzianis' favourite subjects. The oversized depiction of a building within the pictorial space makes it look outworldly, unrealistic, like an ideal object realised in the realm of imagination and in the painting's metaphysical space."1 (Compare Landscape with buildings, c. 1945, Athens, National Gallery).
Echoing the box-like constructions of avant-garde Bauhaus architecture, which emerged from the German expressionist climate of the early Weimar years and developed in the 1920s in the works of legendary Walter Gropius and Mies van der Rohe, Bouzianis' Building, with its stark, unornamented appearance and radically simplified forms is an archetype of advanced modernist design. The liberal handling of paint substance, the free sweeping gestures and the cultivation of a mere monochrome -as one colour penetrates deep into another- leads towards the limits of the representational, foreshadowing the colour field abstractions of Mark Rothko and Theodoros Stamos.
1. D. Deliyannis, Bouzianis [in Greek], Adam publ., Athens 1996, p. 199.