Michalis Economou (Greek, 1888-1933) Vielle maison des pêcheurs prés de l'eau, Martigues  29 x 47 cm.
Lot 24AR
Michalis Economou
(Greek, 1888-1933)
Vielle maison des pêcheurs prés de l'eau, Martigues 29 x 47 cm.
Sold for £25,000 (US$ 33,443) inc. premium

The Greek Sale

15 Nov 2017, 14:00 GMT

London, New Bond Street

Lot Details
Michalis Economou (Greek, 1888-1933)
Vielle maison des pêcheurs prés de l'eau, Martigues
signed M. Economou (lower left)
oil on canvas
29 x 47 cm.

Footnotes

  • Painted in 1912.

    Provenance
    Galerie Marcel Bernheim, Paris, 1912.
    Athanas Vitsori collection, Athens, acquired from the above in 1913.
    Acquired from the above in 1992 by the present owner.

    Exhibited
    Paris, Marcel Bernheim Gallery, Exposition des Oeuvres du Peintre Grec Michel Economou, September 20 - October 20, 1913, no. 4.

    Recently discovered in a private collection in Athens, this exquisite painting, included in Economou's first solo exhibition in Paris in 1913, is a true find and an important addition to the artist's oeuvre. During his twenty-year stay in Paris, Economou travelled extensively throughout the south of France, especially the area around Martigues,1 depicting weathered seaside structures articulated with a sense of sculptural stability and permanence. Reviewing the artist's 1913 Paris show, art critic A. Salmon noted: "Michel Economou is a landscape painter of great value."2

    Here, rendered in glowing, highly textured curvilinear forms, a humble dwelling with a red tent, strongly reminiscent of the painter's famous Dreaming house in the collection of the Averoff Museum in Metsovo, is delightfully reflected on shallow still waters—a favourite and recurrent symmetrical motif throughout Economou's career—becoming a lyrical image of subjective truth, while the human presence seems to partake in the poetry of the scene. As noted by art historian A. Kouria, "Economou's intention was not to capture the world of appearances with descriptive accuracy but, rather, to transcend external reality in formulating a personal artistic vision."3

    1. Martigues, the 'Venice of Provence' as it is often called, is a town close to Marseilles that attracted such towering figures of modern art as Derain, Dufy and Braque.
    2. A. Salmon, "Paysages de Grece: a Propos de L'Exposition des Oeuvres du Peintre Grec Michel Economou", Graecia magazine, no. 37, November 1913, pp. 323-325.
    3. A. Kouria, Michalis Economou, Adam editions, Athens 2001, p. 33.
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