Alexandros Alexandrakis (Greek, 1913-1968) Suddenly in the dark 110 x 150 cm.

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Alexandros Alexandrakis
(Greek, 1913-1968)
Suddenly in the dark 110 x 150 cm.

Sold for £ 62,500 (US$ 85,943) inc. premium
Alexandros Alexandrakis (Greek, 1913-1968)
Suddenly in the dark
signed in Greek (lower right)
oil on canvas
110 x 150 cm.

Footnotes

  • Painted in 1967.

    Provenance
    The artist's family.

    Exhibited
    Athens, Zappeion Hall, Exhibition of the Military History of the Greeks, April 24 - October 30, 1968 (illustrated in the exhibition catalogue, vol. 2, p. 528).
    Athens, Athens College Library, Alexandros Alexandrakis, 1970.
    Athens, National Gallery - A. Soutzos Museum, Alexandros Alexandrakis (1913-1968), October 1980 (illustrated in the exhibition catalogue, no. 79).
    London, The Hellenic Centre, The War we Fought 1940-41, Paintings and Drawings by A. Alexandrakis, Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the End of the War, May 25 - June 21 1995 (illustrated in the exhibition catalogue, p. 26).
    Athens, 'Melina' Cultural Centre, Memories of the 1940s, Alexandros Alexandrakis, October 10 - November 11, 2008 (illustrated in the exhibition catalogue, no. 7, pp. 8 (detail), 35).

    Literature
    A. Alexandrakis, The War we Fought, Athens 1968, no. 58 (illustrated).
    Freedom in Courage, the Pictorial War History of Greece, Publishing Institute of Athens, Athens 1969 (illustrated).
    D. Kokkinos, History of Modern Greece, Melissa editions, Athens 1972, p. 1577 (illustrated).
    G. Roussos, Modern History of the Greek Nation 1826-1974, vol. VII, Athens 1975, pp. 248-249 (illustrated).
    Dictionary of Greek Painters and Engravers, vol. 4, Melissa editions, Athens 1976, p. 19 (illustrated).
    A. Bacharian - P. Antaios, Visual Testimonies During the War, the Occupation and the Resistance, Odysseas editions, Athens 1995, p. 44 (illustrated).
    Kathimerini newspaper, Epta Imeres, The 1940 War, 26.10.1997, p. 9 (discussed).


    Recalling the magnificent stallions painted by the 19th century masters Eugène Delacroix and Theodore Géricault, a battle horse is startled by a sudden explosion and its rider struggles to regain control, while other soldiers guardedly advance into the nocturnal snowstorm. In 1940, Alexandros Alexandrakis took part in the Greek-Italian war, serving in the Albanian front and squeezing his artistic work into moments when other men rested. After the war, the artist resumed his work in his Athens studio and by 1946 he had translated his first-impression sketches into elaborate paintings. As noted by British art historian Terence Mullaly, Alexandrakis records how men ennoble war. Qualities at the heart of being Greek, courage, endurance, physical and mental dedication, above all the love of the homeland are his central subject. In his work we can sense the icy wind and the thunder of the horses.1

    1. The War we Fought 1940-41, Paintings and Drawings by A. Alexandrakis, exhibition catalogue, The Hellenic Centre, London 1995, pp. 8-9.
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