Nikos Kessanlis (Greek, 1930-2004) 80 x 100 cm.

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Lot 58
Nikos Kessanlis
(Greek, 1930-2004)
80 x 100 cm.

Sold for £ 26,400 (US$ 31,762) inc. premium
Nikos Kessanlis (Greek, 1930-2004)
Bird with flowers
signed and dated 'Nikos 57' (lower right); signed, titled, numbered and dated again (on the reverse)
oil on canvas
80 x 100 cm.

Footnotes

  • An uprooted metic, voluntary wanderer and restless traveller, 1 Nikos Kessanlis epitomised the romantic ideal of the committed modernist and Bohemian avant-garde artist, one who went to live far from his homeland, seeking to get an intuitive glimpse of the future and demonstrate the redeeming value of individual imagination in the face of an increasingly standardized industrial world. In 1957, the year he painted Bird with flowers, Kessanlis was in Rome caught up in the aims and aspirations of the post-war avant-garde. While perfectly at home with the boldest experimentations of surrealism and biomorphic abstraction, this beautiful work conveys a sense of joy and wonder and an amazing zest for life. With inventive freedom the artist devised a vocabulary of form that echoes the primitivism of cave paintings and the innocent, unspoiled eye of children's drawings, revealing a luminous world, full of miracles and everlasting Mediterranean myths.

    1. See M. Lambraki-Plaka, 'Nikos Kessanlis, a Versatile Creator' in Contemporary Greek Art, Three Generations (exhibition catalogue.), The Tel Aviv Museum of Art and National Gallery- Alexandros Soutzos Museum, Athens 1998, p. 18.
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