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Gyzis painting at Sotheby’s Greek sale October 12, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Arts Auctions.
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A rare Gyzis painting recently discovered in a private collection in Nebraska, US will be one of the highlights in the Sotheby’s Greek Sale on November 14 in London.

A signed work, Grandfather and Grandson was painted by Gyzis in the early 1880s, during the heyday of his career. The painting, a hymn to family life, shows an old man who mends his socks while tenderly holding his grandson. The work points to Gyzis’ transition from German Romanticism to French Realism. The change of technique is reflected in the artist’s contrasting depiction of the old man’s wrinkled skin and the infant’s smooth complexion, as well as the juxtaposition of texture in the furniture’s rough and even surfaces. Family themes, as seen in The Barber and The New Arrival, are recurrent in Gyzis’ works.

Considered by many as the father of 19th century Greek painting, Gyzis often returned to his popular subjects. Though with slight variations, another version of Grandfather and Grandson exists in a private collection in Athens.

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