Periclès Pantazis (Greek, 1849/50-1884) Marine, Mer du Nord

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Lot 21
Periclès Pantazis
(Greek, 1849/50-1884)
Marine, Mer du Nord

Sold for £ 30,000 (US$ 41,608) inc. premium
Periclès Pantazis (Greek, 1849/50-1884)
Marine, Mer du Nord
signed 'Pantazis' (lower left)
oil on canvas
35 x 48cm

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Auction of the Pantazis ateliér, May 1885, Brussels.
    Collection of Baron Pierre Descamps.
    Galerie Georges Giroux, 19 March 1949, no. 242, Brussels.
    Private collection, Brussels.

    Exhibitions:
    Cercle Artistique et Littéraire, Brussels, 1882, no. 162.

    Literature:
    S. Goyens de Heusch, O. Mentzafou-Polyzou, S. Samaras, Pericles Pantazis 1849-1884, Athens, 1994, p. 199, no 37 (referred).
    J.P. Melot, Waves, The seascapes of Gustave Courbet (in French), published by Somogy, Paris, 2004, p.98 & 99.

    Impressionism came to life in France, on the beaches of Trouville and Honfleur, thanks to the creative genius of Eugene Boudin, Johan Barthold Jonkind and Claude Monet. In Belgium, native impressionism was born in Ostende. The first Belgian artists to have planted their easel in its golden sands were Artan, Pantazis and Rops, followed by Ensor and Vogels.

    These innovative painters observed the sea in all its immensity and painted it in its naked truth. The theatrical movement of the sea enthralled them. Each of these painters depicted it in accordance with his own technique and temperament. Pantazis, for his part, concentrated on the atmosphere’s mobility, and on the matrimony of sky, sea and beach. In this way, space is denuded, to be transformed into a field of pictorial investigation in which the painter is able to exalt universal forces. In this manner, Pantazis rejects all secondary realist detail; the sea is painted for itself and in its lively reality, in all its grandeur and mystery. Contrary to his marine paintings dating from around 1876, where the boldness of his brushstroke seems to rival the strength of his blades, in this work the subject matter is laid out without haste, the paintbrush tracing out with firmness and suppleness the outline of clouds and waves. The grey-blue dominates, but a series of modulations give it an unrivalled vitality and depth. Such a painting, built around the precepts of nuances, harmony and felted luminance alone, places Pantazis among such artists of modernity as Ensor, Monet and Boudin. Pantazis presented this marine painting at the prestigious Brussels exhibition of the Cercle Artistique et Littéraire in 1882. It was in this same exhibition that James Ensor made his official debut as a painter. That year also signals the beginning of their friendship and mutual influences. Together, they will lead Belgian impressionism toward innovative plastic conquests, foretellers of expressionism.

Saleroom notices

  • This lot will be included in the forthcoming retrospective exhibition of Periclès Pantazis in Ostende.
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