Nikos Hadjikyriakos-Ghika (Greek, 1906-1994) Moon over wall / Moon with mist 89.5 x 100 cm.

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Nikos Hadjikyriakos-Ghika
(Greek, 1906-1994)
Moon over wall / Moon with mist 89.5 x 100 cm.

Sold for £ 110,500 (US$ 137,396) inc. premium
Nikos Hadjikyriakos-Ghika (Greek, 1906-1994)
Moon over wall / Moon with mist
signed and dated 'Ghika 72' (lower right);
signed, dated and titled (on the reverse)
acrylic on canvas
89.5 x 100 cm.

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    Iolas-Zoumboulakis Gallery, Athens.
    Private collection, Athens

    Exhibited
    Athens, Iolas - Zoumboulakis Gallery, N. Ghika, December 10, 1976 - January 15, 1977, no. 7 (under the title Moon with mist).

    Literature
    Athens News, 8.1.1976, p. 6 (referred).
    Kathimerini newspaper, 12.12.1976 (referred).
    30 Days, March 1985, p. 34 (referred).
    Haris Livas, Nikos Hadjikyriakos-Ghikas, 30 Days, March 1985, reference on page 34.
    H. Livas, Contemporary Greek Artists, Vantage Press, New York, 1993, p. 6 (referred).
    Haris Livas, The Ghika exhibition, Athens News, Jan. 8, 1976, reference on page 6.
    Iliopoulou-Rogan, D., The Painter Hadjikyriakos-Ghika seizes the era, Kathimerini Newspaper, 12 December 1976.
    K.C. Valkana, Nikos Hadjikyriakos-Ghika, His Painting Oeuvre, Benaki Museum edition, Athens 2011, no. 421, p. 305 (illustrated).

    "This is an unforgettable painting. The foreground is a blend of browns and mauves, the background unearthly, shimmering. Ghika's colours are marvelous–they glow and glisten and take on a life of their own. This particular painting has an unworldly effect, perhaps because mists are so uncommon in Greece. I asked Ghika where he had seen this, and he said, only in my mind."1

    An untamed landscape swathed in a misty atmosphere and entwined in an intricate web of crooked lines and angular forms, Moon over wall is an outstanding picture of throbbing energy and relentless rhythm that reveals the potent forces of nature. Everything here seems to be subject to a transcendental pulse and steeped in an air of suspense. As the angular microgeometry of the eerie landscape meanders towards the horizon, the viewer's gaze glides quickly to the distance and comes to rest on the hazy sky through which the faint image of a pale moon emerges.

    In the mid-1970s, the artist was mainly interested in delving into the innermost secrets of nature and exploring the different qualities of light and atmosphere, expressing "the most arcane nuances of the mystery of natural phenomena."2 However, he was not only interested in the landscape's constant movement and dynamic elusiveness but also sought to capture its everlasting geological structure and inner truth.3 What he was most concerned about was to convey both the reality of the changing atmospheric effects and the reality of the rocky terrain, which stands forever, weathering the next storm as it has weathered millions before.

    1. H. Livas, Contemporary Greek Artists, Vantage Press, New York, 1993, p. 6.
    2. Nikos Hadjikyriakos-Ghika, From the East [in Greek], Athens 1989, p. 43.
    3. See K.C. Valkana, Nikos Hadjikyriakos-Ghika, His Painting Oeuvre [in Greek], Benaki Museum, Athens 2011, p. 238.

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