Yiannis Tsarouchis (Greek, 1910-1989) Rocks with two figures, St. Jean Cap Ferrat 62 x 92 cm.
Lot 66AR
Yiannis Tsarouchis
(Greek, 1910-1989)
Rocks with two figures, St. Jean Cap Ferrat 62 x 92 cm.
Sold for £37,500 (US$ 59,145) inc. premium

Lot Details
Yiannis Tsarouchis (Greek, 1910-1989)
Rocks with two figures, St. Jean Cap Ferrat
signed in Greek and dated '1959' (lower right)
mixed media on canvas
62 x 92 cm.

Footnotes

  • PROVENANCE:
    Eleni Vlachou collection, Athens, and thence by descent to the present owner.

    Rocks are nature's immortal sculptures.
    Y. Tsarouchis

    Immediately capturing the eye with its clarity and truthfulness of vision, this austere yet irresistibly attractive landscape enlivened by the discreet presence of evocative figures, conveys a serene world of pure forms that verge on abstraction. Tsarouchis himself once said: "They say that painters should work in an abstract style only if they are able to faithfully imitate nature. I would say the opposite is true; one who understands that painting is a matter of harmony has earned the right to depict nature, because he has great passion."1 The first 'natural' things Tsarouchis painted were rocks, nature's immortal sculptures, as he used to call them.2

    In the special addendum to the seminal Tsarouchis Foundation 1990 edition, the artist noted: "I made these landscape views from small stones I placed on a pan full of sand and illuminated them from above with a lamp."3 This exquisite canvas was probably painted in the charming seaside village of St. Jean Cap Ferrat in the south of France during one of Tsarouchis's stays at the country house of his close friend and prominent art critic E. Teriade (Stratis Eleftheriadis). As noted by Dr. E. Florou, the artist made sure to include human figures to provide a sense of scale.4 Serene, silent and immobile, these minute figures seem perfectly integrated into the site, imbuing the picture with a meditative, almost metaphysical feel.

    1. Y. Tsarouchis, Notes and Speculations, Greek Heritage journal, vol. 1, no. 2, 1964, pp. 94-95.
    2. Y. Tsarouchis, The Obsession with Greenery [in Greek], Kathimerini daily, 7.9.1975.
    3. Y. Tsarouchis, Comments on the Works Included in the Yannis Tsarouchis (1910-1989) Painting [in Greek], Yannis Tsarouchis Foundation, 1990, no. 324-325, p. ix.
    4. E. Florou, Yannis Tsarouchis: His Painting and his Era [in Greek], Nea Synora-Livanis editions, Athens 1999, p. 153.
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