Michalis Economou (Greek, 1888-1933) House with red tent 44.5 x 34 cm.
Lot 17
Michalis Economou
(Greek, 1888-1933)
House with red tent 44.5 x 34 cm.
Sold for £52,500 (US$ 82,152) inc. premium

Lot Details
Michalis Economou (Greek, 1888-1933)
House with red tent
signed 'M. Economou' (lower left)
oil on cardboard
44.5 x 34 cm.

Footnotes

  • Painted before 1926.

    PROVENANCE:
    Private collection, France.

    Discovered in France, this exquisite painting is an important addition to Economou's oeuvre. Delightfully reflected on shallow still waters, a humble seaside adobe dwelling, rendered in glowing, highly textured forms and captured in a wide range of subtle tonalities, becomes a lyrical image of subjective truth, while the human presence -suggested rather than depicted on the doorway under the red tent- seems to partake in the poetry of the scene.

    The motif of the house reflected on water is a favourite and recurrent theme throughout Economou's oeuvre, echoing distant memories marked by early experiences and visual recollections of the Aegean Sea and his native port town of Piraeus.1 As noted by Professor A. Kotidis, "the element of reverse symmetry introduced by the reflection of the solid on the fluid, this coexistence of the man-made/solid with the natural/liquid provided the painter a bipolarity that allowed him to express his psychological state. He sought equilibrium in his pictorial world, the same way he tried to find a balance between security and uncertainty in his private life."2

    1. See A. Kouria, Michalis Economou [in Greek], Adam editions, Athens 2001, pp. 27-28.
    2. A. K(otidis) in Dictionary of Greek Artists [in Greek], vol. 3, Melissa editions, Athens 1999, pp. 350-351.


    We are greatful to Mrs Afroditi Kouria for her assistance in authenticating this lot.
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