Nikos Hadjikyriakos-Ghika (Greek, 1906-1994) Thorns 81.5 x 65.5 cm.

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Nikos Hadjikyriakos-Ghika
(Greek, 1906-1994)
Thorns 81.5 x 65.5 cm.

Sold for £ 62,500 (US$ 85,947) inc. premium

Greek Sale

10 Apr 2017, 14:00 BST

London, New Bond Street

Nikos Hadjikyriakos-Ghika (Greek, 1906-1994)
Thorns
signed and dated 'Ghika/65' (lower left)
oil on canvas
81.5 x 65.5 cm.

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    Private collection, Athens.

    Exhibited
    Athens, National Gallery - A. Soutzos Museum, Ghika, no. 116 (illustrated in the exhibition catalogue).

    Literature
    K.C. Valkana, Nikos Hadjikyriakos-Ghika, His Painting Oeuvre, Benaki Museum edition, Athens 2011, no. 355, p. 299 (illustrated).


    Ghika on nature and art: "Nature presents a chaotic image because our senses can only perceive it in a fragmentary manner, never as a whole. That it should appear 'beautiful' to us is only thanks to art, where a series of happy coincidences seem to impose upon it a form of order. [...] However abstract the subject matter of a work by Picasso, Braque, Leger or Klee may be, however transformed or distorted nature may be in them, there is always a keen and accurate eye at work deep at the heart of them, an original yet not unnatural interpretation of genuine emotion.[...] This art is a different thing altogether. It does not copy; it evokes. It offers something that is analogous to the physical world: rather than imitating nature, it is nature in and of itself. It is no simple whim that drives it to break up the object, to tamper with perspective, to liberate anatomy, but a personal, truthful insight the painter has arrived at. Some law is obeyed, be it of nature or of the work itself, or of emotion even."1

    Ghika on nature: "The artist discovers pulsating rhythms derived from his intimate relationship with nature. He discovers them in the leaves and insects, in the light and the shadows cast by wind-swayed trees, in the flight of birds and the nuances of colour. In other words, I want the viewer to feel the knife used to carve out nature. I want him or her to even feel the music, the sounds emanating from the orchestration of different forms, different shapes, different lines and not only the orchestration but, if possible, even the inherent scent they exude, which is the most elusive sense of all."2

    "What remains as my strongest impression about Ghika's work is its constant inspiration from nature – the wonder, the strength, the beauty, the power, the patterns. I asked him if nature was always inspiring to him and he answered, Always. No matter what happens in life, nature is always an inspiration."3

    1. N. Hadjikyriakos-Ghika, "Nature and Art. Elements of a Visual Language" in Nikos Hadjikyriakos-Ghika, a Timeless Contemporary, exhibition catalogue, Museum of Contemporary Art – Basil and Elise Goulandris Foundation, Andros 2011, p. 118.
    2. Transcribed excerpts from the 'Monogramma' television documentary, ERT-2, 1984 in Nikos Hadjikyriakos-Ghika, Tegopoulos editions, 2009, p. 150.
    3. H. Livas, Contemporary Greek Artists, Vantage Press, New York, 1993, p. 11.
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