Thanos Tsingos (Greek, 1914-1965) Spring 200 x 200 cm.

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Thanos Tsingos
(Greek, 1914-1965)
Spring 200 x 200 cm.

Sold for £ 43,750 (US$ 61,612) inc. premium
Thanos Tsingos (Greek, 1914-1965)
Spring
signed and dated 'TSINGOS/61' (lower right)
oil on canvas
200 x 200 cm.

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    Keti Dialisma collection, Athens.
    Dinos and Eleni Economidis-Doumbas collection, Athens and thence by descent to the present owners.

    Exhibited
    Athens, Zappeion Hall, 8th Panhellenic Exhibition (posthumous homage), April-May 1965.
    Athens, National Gallery - A. Soutzos Museum, Thanos Tsingos, retrospective exhibition, July 1980, no. 109 (listed in the exhibition catalogue, p. 43).

    Literature
    Zygos magazine, no. IV-65, May 1965, p. 43 (illustrated).



    In front of this monumental painting—perhaps the largest format Tsingos ever used—the viewer's eye travels along the vigorous lines, following the hand of the painter as he waves his magic across the picture plane. Every sinewy stem and every vibrating petal is at once an integral part of the flower and a separate celebration with an abstract life of its own. Pure energy and dynamic gesture, but also grace, sensitivity and delicacy of touch are demonstrated by a visionary bohemian and a wizard of colour, who transformed thick impasto into fireworks of improvised strokes and dabs of paint. The picture works its magic by breathing life to a field of flowers that seem to sprout directly from the tube, born of the material itself.
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