Charming and important Tsarouchis sells for £290,000

A charming depiction by Yiannis Tsarouchis of a village woman dressed in the traditional costume of Atalanti, in Central Greece, was sold for £290,500 at the Greek Sale on 28 April. It had been estimated at £80,000-100,000.
The painting dates from 1962 and marked the artist's return to the studio after three years devoted to stage-set design for drama and opera. A concentrated burst of activity saw Tsarouchis produce 30 works in the space of a year, many of them on his signature subjects of peasant girls and sailors. Among these was Woman from Atalanti with red purse which also reflected his life-long fascination with Greek traditional local costumes. The Atalanti costume is based on the frilled, laced and pleated dress called the foustana worn by the women who lived there and which distinguished them from the women of nearby villages.
Bonhams Greek Art specialist, Olympia Pappa said, "Woman from Atalanti with red purse had impeccable provenance having been in private hands for many years. It is also, perhaps, significant that, at the present time, a work embodying the Modern Greek spirit by one the greatest artist of the 1930s generation should have had such appeal."
Other major works sold included, Moon over wall/Moon with Mist by Nikos Hadjikyriakos-Ghika which made £110,500 and Zephyros by Yiannis Moralis which sold for £96,100.


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