Landscape- Kamena Vourla III signed and dated 'Ghika 78' (lower right); signed, titled in greek and dated 'Ghika 1979' (on the reverse) oil on board 40 x 56.5 cm.
PROVENANCE: The property of a Lady, London. Sotheby's Greek Sale of 14 November 2007, lot 51. Acquired from the above sale by the present owner.
LITERATURE: Athens, To Trito Mati, Nikos Hadjikyriakos-Ghika, March 1979. K.C. Valkana, Nikos Hadjikyriakos-Ghika, His Painting Oeuvre, Benaki Museum, Athens 2011, no. 32, p. 245 (illustrated).
Imbued with the breath of the earth, this luxuriant and pulsating landscape speaks about the artist's lifelong fascination with the magic of painting and the miracle of Greek light. As noted by K.C. Valkana who wrote her doctoral dissertation on Ghika, "in such paintings as Landscape in Kamena Vourla III the wild, dynamic and mostly inimical nature of his earlier works is replaced by a verdant and blooming one conveying the joyful atmosphere of spring or summer, like his renowned Cretan gardens from 1950."1 As Ghika himself once said: "Venturing beyond geometric rules and harmonious designs you gain something else: more spontaneity and greater freedom."2 Drawing from his personal impressions gathered while touring the countryside, the artist often with the aid of a camera captured nature as an inexhaustible source of natural wealth and beauty.3
1. K.C. Valkana, Nikos Hadjikyriakos-Ghika, His Painting Oeuvre, Benaki Museum, Athens 2011, p. 245. 2. A. Grimani, Nikos Hadjikyriakos-Ghika, The Clock of Memories [in Greek], interview by Ghika, Ena magazine, no.49, 5.10.1990, pp. 115-118. 3. The photo archive of the Nikos Hadjikyriakos-Ghika Gallery includes a large number of snapshots from the artist's outings in Kamena Vourla.