Yiannis Tsarouchis (Greek, 1910-1989) The engagement   34.3 x 25 cm. (Painted in 1945.)

This lot has been removed from the website, please contact customer services for more information

Lot 34AR P
Yiannis Tsarouchis
(Greek, 1910-1989)
The engagement 34.3 x 25 cm.

Sold for £ 13,812 (US$ 18,060) inc. premium
Yiannis Tsarouchis (Greek, 1910-1989)
The engagement
signed in Greek (upper right)
oil on canvas
34.3 x 25 cm.
Painted in 1945.

Footnotes

  • Literature
    E. Florou, Yannis Tsarouchis, his Painting and his Era, Nea Synora - A. A. Livanis editions, Athens 1989, no. 321, p. 265 (listed).
    Yannis Tsarouchis (1910-1989) Painting, Yannis Tsarouchis Foundation, Athens 1990, no. 164 (illustrated).

    Captured with compelling realism, a typical 1940-50s working-class Greek couple is stripped of any kind of beautification and pretentiousness to convey in their blunt gaze, ungainly posture and psychological estrangement a strong sense of real people in a real world. Archaising simplification, shallow compositional structure, bold outlines, vigorous brushwork and broad planes of dynamic colour build up a solid edifice of pure form liberated from the fleeting moment, perfectly matching the sitters' silent inflexibility and rigid stylisation. We are reminded of Byzantine icon painting and traditional shadow puppet theatre, which exerted a strong influence on Tsarouchis's work throughout his career.

    In a highly perceptive 1937 article that also constituted the first comprehensive review of Tsarouchis's work, critic D. Kapetanakis noted that "broad areas of pure colour occupy a space that ensures their long-lasting harmony. Anything transient must be pushed aside to celebrate the purely pictorial realisation of a symbol's everlasting value. Light and dark contrasts, which place the subject into crammed space and limited time, must be eliminated. We are reminded of the fauves, of Matisse. Tsarouchis learned from them but used their teachings in a very personal manner to produce works that are truly Greek in essence. And what's more without resorting to extravisual references but with detached sobriety. The objects in Tsarouchis's works are studio objects: a chair, a mirror, a vase with paper flowers or a simple screen. Everyday objects that don't even claim to signify the depth of daily life or mundane existence. A kind of decoration inspired by nothing more than the backdrops used by itinerant photographers."1

    1 D. Kapetanakis, "Yiannis Tsarouchis, Return to Roots", Nea Grammata magazine, 1937 as reprinted in Tsarouchis [in Greek], Zygos, Athens 1978, pp. 7-8.
Contacts
Auction information

This auction is now finished. If you are interested in consigning in future auctions, please contact the specialist department. If you have queries about lots purchased in this auction, please contact customer services.

Buyers' Obligations

ALL BIDDERS MUST AGREE THAT THEY HAVE READ AND UNDERSTOOD BONHAMS' CONDITIONS OF SALE AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THEM, AND AGREE TO PAY THE BUYER'S PREMIUM AND ANY OTHER CHARGES MENTIONED IN THE NOTICE TO BIDDERS. THIS AFFECTS THE BIDDERS LEGAL RIGHTS.

If you have any complaints or questions about the Conditions of Sale, please contact your nearest customer services team.

Buyers' Premium and Charges

For all Sales categories, buyer's premium excluding Cars, Motorbikes, Wine, Whisky and Coin & Medal sales, will be as follows:

Buyer's Premium Rates
27.5% on the first £2,500 of the hammer price;
25% of the hammer price of amounts in excess of £2,500 up to and including £300,000;
20% of the hammer price of amounts in excess of £300,000 up to and including £3,000,000;
and 13.9% of the hammer price of any amounts in excess of £3,000,000.

VAT at the current rate of 20% will be added to the Buyer's Premium and charges excluding Artists Resale Right.

Payment Notices

For payment information please refer to the sale catalog.

Shipping Notices

For information and estimates on domestic and international shipping as well as export licenses please contact Bonhams Shipping Department.

Lot symbols
AR Artists Resale Right

Goods subject to Artists Resale Right Additional Premium.

P Owned by a private individual

This lot is owned by a private individual. The right of return enjoyed by EU customers is not applicable.