Bost (Chrysanthos Bostantzoglou) (Greek, 1918-1995) A dramatic ecncounter between Alexander the Great and the philosopher Diogenes 50 x 90 cm.
Lot 39AR
Bost
(Chrysanthos Bostantzoglou) (Greek, 1918-1995)
A dramatic ecncounter between Alexander the Great and the philosopher Diogenes 50 x 90 cm.
Sold for £6,875 (US$ 9,196) inc. premium

The Greek Sale

15 Nov 2017, 14:00 GMT

London, New Bond Street

Lot Details
Bost (Chrysanthos Bostantzoglou) (Greek, 1918-1995)
A dramatic ecncounter between Alexander the Great and the philosopher Diogenes
signed in Greek and dated '62' (lower right)
oil on panel
50 x 90 cm.

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    Acquired directly form the artist by the present owner.

    Drawing from Greek history, mythology and everyday life, Bost imaginatively combined rococo, neoclassical and oriental elements with folk-art representational conventions to articulate a personal approach to the idea of Greekness. Here, he illustrates the meeting of Diogenes of Sinope and Alexander the Great, one of the most famous anecdotes from philosophical history. According to legend, one version of which is provided by Plutarch, the Macedonian king went to see the philosopher and found him in front of a large storage jar he took up residence in. When Alexander greeted him and asked if he needed anything, Diogenes responded, "please stand aside, you are blocking the sun." The great king was so impressed by this frank reply he said "if I were not Alexander, I would be Diogenes."
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