Periclès Pantazis (Greek, 1849/50-1884) Chemin dans les Dunes 26.5 x 34 cm.

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Lot 8
Periclès Pantazis
(Greek, 1849/50-1884)
Chemin dans les Dunes 26.5 x 34 cm.

£ 18,000 - 22,000
US$ 22,000 - 27,000
Periclès Pantazis (Greek, 1849/50-1884)
Chemin dans les Dunes
signed 'Pantazis' (lower right)
oil on canvas
26.5 x 34 cm.

Footnotes

  • PROVENANCE:
    Raymond Nyst collection, Brussels, c. 1900;
    De Ridder collection, Belgium;
    Christies, Greek Sale, 9 December 1996, lot 72;
    Private collection, Athens.

    Full of splendour and poetry, Chemin dans les dune exemplifies the artist's new vision of nature, allowing him to delve into its psyche and discover its deeper meaning, without spoiling its virginal beauty. 1

    Discussing the artist's landscape views of Anseremme - a place considered the birthplace of Belgian impressionism and the equivalent of legendary Argenteuil where Monet and Manet used to paint - Athens National Gallery curator O. Mentzafou-Polyzou made a remark perfectly fitted to Chemin dans les dunes: "In many of these landscape views, the artist focuses on capturing lush woods and verdant slopes, the humid air that drenches country roads and trees and the play of light so suited to the lyrical melancholy of the North. Pantazis organizes pictorial space in such a manner so as to bring the viewer closer, employing a down-to-up perspective and a high horizon and allowing only a small patch of sky to show." 2

    Following his one man show at the Cercle Artistique et Littéraire de Brussels in 1878 - a solo exhibition being very rare at the time with only Courbet and Rodin having had the privilege - Pantazis received favourable critical recognition and soon became widely known. Paul Lefort placed him "in the dear tradition of our impressionist painters" - the first time a Greek artist was mentioned in relation to this avant-garde movement- while J.K. Huysmans noted: "Mr. Pantazis should rank among the French impressionists. He is an audacious and sincere painter, a true explorer."

    1. See G. Drakopoulou, Pericles Pantazis in the Context of 19th Century Belgian Painting. (doctorate dissertation) [in Greek], Athens 1982, pp. 94-95.
    2. O. Mentzafou-Polyzou, 'Themes et Images dans l' oeuvre de Périclès Pantazis' in Périclès Pantazis 1849-1884, exhibition catalogue, National Gallery-A.Soutzos Museum, Athens 1996 and The Averoff Museum of Neohellenic Art, Metsovo 1997, pp. 35-36.
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