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The Greek Sale / Vassilis Germenis (Greek, 1896-1966) Scène des guerres des Balkans (signed in Greek (lower left)oil on canvas)

Lot 17
Vassilis Germenis
(Greek, 1896-1966)
Scène des guerres des Balkans
18 May 2022, 14:00 CEST

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Vassilis Germenis (Greek, 1896-1966)

Scène des guerres des Balkans
signé en grec (en bas à gauche)
huile sur toile
70 x 90cm (27 9/16 x 35 7/16in).

signed in Greek (lower left)
oil on canvas


Enchanted by Greece's military triumphs during the Balkan Wars, the painter pays homage to King Constantine I (1868-1923), a main protagonist of this Modern Greek epic. As Crown Prince and Inspector-General of the Army, Constantine commanded the Greek forces in the liberation of Thessaloniki and Ioannina during the first Balkan War (1912-1913). When he ascended to the throne following the assassination of his father King George I in 1913, his military prestige stood high and many regarded him with pride and affection as the successor of the last Byzantine Emperor.1

1 See W. Miller, A History of the Greek People (1821-1921), Methuen & Co. editions, London 1922, pp. 141-142.

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