Yiannis Moralis Masterpiece Full Moon M shines at Greek Sale in London

Full Moon M by Yiannis Moralis (1916-2009) was the top selling painting at Bonhams Greek Sale in London yesterday (Wednesday 13 November). Estimated at £200,000-300,000 (€230,000-340,000), it sold for £350,000 (€408,000). In total, the sale made £1,557,000 (€1,815,000).

Full Moon M is a superb example of advanced geometric abstraction, distinguished by solid compositional structure, purity of form, harmonious proportions and dynamic rhythm of flowing curvilinear themes and interlocking patterns.

Other highlights included:

- Moorings by Nikos Hadjikyriakos-Ghika (1906-1994). Estimate: £30,000-50,000 (€34,000-56,000). Sold for £100,000 (€116,000).

- Young Girl in the Hamam by Théodore Ralli (1852-1909). Estimate: £40,000-60,000 (€45,000-68,000). Sold for £87,560 (€100,000).

- Soldier Dancing, by Yiannis Tsarouchis (1910-1989). Estimate: £40,000-60,000 (€45,000-68,000). Sold for £65,000 (€76,000).

- Eggs by Christos Bokoros (born 1956). Estimate: £50,000-70,000 (€57,000-79,000). Sold for £62,560 (€74,000).

Bonhams Greek Art specialist, Anastasia Orfanidou, said, "In a strong sale, Full Moon M by Moralis stood out. This is an exceptional example of his greatest achievement as an artist – the modern realisation of the classical ideal. It was also encouraging to see the growing appeal to collectors of later 20th century and contemporary Greek artists, such as Christos Bokoros."


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