Yiannis Tsarouchis (Greek, 1910-1989) Basket with peaches 36 x 48.8 cm.

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Lot 6AR
Yiannis Tsarouchis
(Greek, 1910-1989)
Basket with peaches 36 x 48.8 cm.

£ 10,000 - 15,000
US$ 14,000 - 21,000

Greek Sale

10 Apr 2017, 14:00 BST

London, New Bond Street

Yiannis Tsarouchis (Greek, 1910-1989)
Basket with peaches
signed in Greek and dated '70' (lower right)
oil on board
36 x 48.8 cm.

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    Private collection, Paris.


    "Tsarouchis's still lives are small masterpieces of remarkable minimalism and rare colour sensitivity. What really amazes us is the frugality of his expressive means compared to the wealth of the final outcome."1

    A hidden gem, executed in Paris in 1970 by one of the most enduring signifiers of twentieth century Greece, Basket with peaches conveys a sense of lyrical romanticism. Painted in a serene and joyous spirit with a radiance of iridescent and sensitive colours, it is akin to the pictorial world of folk art and reminiscent of its powerful immediacy and disarming sincerity. The whole picture is enchantingly beautiful, speaking to us in a lyrical idiom of quietude, contentment and the joie de vivre.

    Basket with peaches, which is a study for Teriade's Four Seasons by Tsarouchis (see Basket with peaches, oil on paper dated 75, in Yannis Tsarouchis (1910-1989) Painting)2, is a representation dominated by genuineness of character and purity of form. These beautifully painted peaches show how skilfully the artist applied his familiarity with the themes and techniques of the Western tradition of painting which he then blended with his own very Greek sensibility. Thus, echoes of Caravaggio's chiaroscuro are evident in the well-executed peaches that are in discreet and appealing contrast with the dark and neutral background in which they are set, harmoniously unifying the composition into a captivating work of art.


    1. E. Florou, Yannis Tsarouchis, His Painting and his Era [in Greek], Nea Synora - A.A. Livanis editions, Athens 1989, p. 205.
    2. See Yannis Tsarouchis (1910-1989) Painting, Yannis Tsarouchis Foundation, Athens 1990, p. n.405.
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