Spyros Vassiliou (Greek 1902-1984) Day and night 72 x 109 cm. (28 3/8 x 42 7/8 in.)

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Lot 112*
Spyros Vassiliou
(Greek 1902-1984)
Day and night 72 x 109 cm. (28 3/8 x 42 7/8 in.)

£ 7,000 - 9,000
US$ 8,500 - 11,000

Greek Sale

16 Dec 2003, 14:00 GMT

London, New Bond Street

Spyros Vassiliou (Greek 1902-1984)
Day and night
signed twice in greek and dated '66' (on the lower edge)
oil on canvas laid down on panel
72 x 109 cm. (28 3/8 x 42 7/8 in.)

Footnotes

  • Provenance: Acquired from the artist by the present owner

    Like all his seascapes, this is a true sample of Vassilou’s unmistakable evocation of Greece in its essence. But the painting also reveals another quality often encountered in this artist’s work: an ingenious and impish sense of humour.

    In this case, the observant viewer will note that the painting, dating from 1966, has two signatures – a clue to the fact that this is not one, but two separate canvases. They were painted on the same day, one in the morning and one in the evening, from the window of the artist’s room in a Salonika hotel overlooking the Thermaic Gulf.

    The two paintings were stored separately for a long time in Vassiliou’s Athens studio until one day, on a sudden and typical whim, he joined them together with the central wooden frame to create a single view from a window, joining day and night.

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