Thanos Tsingos (Greek, 1914-1965) Still life on red background  90 x 130 cm.
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Thanos Tsingos (Greek, 1914-1965) Still life on red background 90 x 130 cm.
Sold for £25,000 (US$ 42,368) inc. premium
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Thanos Tsingos (Greek, 1914-1965)
Still life on red background
signed and dated 'TSINGOS / 61' (upper left)
oil on canvas
90 x 130 cm.

Footnotes

  • PROVENANCE:
    Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner.

    LITERATURE:
    D.E. Evangelidis, Greek Art, A. Theodorou editions, Athens 1980, no. 95, p. 169 (illustrated).

    Bearing the seal of a restless personality that combined dynamism and sensitivity in a most extraordinary manner, this irresistibly beautiful still life is at once intense and lyrical, tempestuous and graceful. Set against a fiery red background -itself an enduring symbol of passion and creativity, Tsingos's improvised strokes, curls and dabs of paint compose a landscape of overwhelming joy and explosive verve. The viewer's eye travels along the sinewy lines of the flowers and the two chairs following the romantic gesture of the painter's hand, which reveals the liberation of confined energy.

    A magician who transformed thick impasto into fireworks of stems and petals, Tsingos injected new life in the genre of flower painting, capturing the avant-garde longing for constant re-invention. Especially interesting is the depiction of an urban environment that shows through the window on the upper right corner, echoing the tradition of town representations on Byzantine mosaics or the landscapes that unfold behind the religious compositions in many Renaissance pictures.
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