Yiannis Moralis (Greek, 1916-2009) Zephyros 160 x 60 cm.

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Yiannis Moralis
(Greek, 1916-2009)
Zephyros 160 x 60 cm.

Sold for £ 96,100 (US$ 119,957) inc. premium
Yiannis Moralis (Greek, 1916-2009)
Zephyros
signed and inscribed in Greek, dated '2005' (lower left)
acrylic on linen
160 x 60 cm.

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    Private collection, Athens.

    Exhibited
    Athens, Zoumboulakis Galleries, Moralis, November 2006, no. 7 (illustrated in the exhibition catalogue, p. 23).
    Andros, Y. Moralis, Traces, Museum of Contemporary Art – Basil and Elise Goulandris Foundation, 2008 (illustrated in the exhibition catalogue, p. 121).

    Literature
    Estia newspaper, 27.1.2006 (illustrated).
    Gynaika magazine, December 2006, p. 86 (illustrated).
    Kathimerini newspaper, 8.11.2006 (mentioned).
    Kathimerini newspaper, 2.12.2006 (illustrated).
    Nea Estia journal, no. 1796, January 2007, pp. 171-172 (referred).


    From the 1970s to the first decade of the 21st century, as clearly demonstrated in his Zoumboulakis Galleries one-man show in November 2006, Moralis had consistently adhered to the principles of geometric abstraction, exploring its mystical pathways and taking his place among its leading exponents.1 As noted by P. Zoumboulaki, "the ten pieces exhibited in 2006 were created during the last five years on the island of Aegina, the place where Moralis works and spends most of his time. Even though the artist never speaks about his art, this collection reveals a high degree of sensitivity, evoking personal experiences, feelings and memories."2
    The winged figure, frequently portrayed with just one wing, is a recurrent theme in Moralis's art (compare Composition, Bonhams Greek Sale, 15.5.2007, lot 122). Here, Zephyr, the personification of the westerly, the sweetest and mildest of winds, who according to ancient Greek mythology rescued the all-beautiful Psyche from the fearful serpent, revives an archetypal universe of serene rhythms dictated by the classical sense for human scale, echoing the timeless values of Greek art. Zephyr was also known as the messenger of spring and the bringer of light rains and early breezes that signaled the awakening of nature after the lassitude of winter. As Nobel laureate O. Elytis once said, Moralis has managed to transform the language of the natural world into a purely optical phenomenon. Memories and encounters are repeatedly distilled until they blend into forms of great simplicity and precision.3


    1. K. Koutsomallis, "The Painting of Yannis Moralis, a Tentative Approach" in Y. Moralis, Traces, Museum of Contemporary Art - Basil and Elise Goulandris Foundation, Andros 2008, p. 30.
    2. Preface to the Moralis exhibition catalogue, Zoumboulakis Galleries, Athens 2006.
    3. O. Elytis, preface in the Moralis exhibition catalogue, Iolas-Zoumboulakis Galerie, Athens 1972.
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