In this video from the ‘Director’s Choice’ series, A. G. Leventis Gallery curator and head of education Katerina Stephanides presents Greek artist Nikolaos Gyzis’ ‘Harmony’, an oil on canvas laid on wood work, completed in 1893.
Considered one of Greece’s most important 19th-century painters, Gyzis (1842-1901) and his family moved from his birth island of Tinos to settle in Athens in 1850. Thereafter he studied at the Athens School of Fine Arts, where he honed his natural skill in painting.
In 1865, a scholarship allowed him to continue his studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich, where he settled and would live until his death.
Very soon incorporated into the German pictorial climate, Gyzis became one of the most characteristic representatives of the Greek artistic movement of the Munich School, and from 1886 onward, he held a professorial post at the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich. Gradually he would turn from detailed realistic depictions towards compositions of a singularly impressionistic character.
At the beginning of the 1870s, Gyzis returned to Greece for several years, after which he produced a sequence of paintings with more markedly Greek themes, such as the ‘Carnival at Athens’, ‘Aravoniasmata’ (‘Engagement Ceremony’) and ‘After the Destruction of Psara’.
Towards the end of his life, in the 1890s, Gyzis took a turn toward more religious themes, with his best known work of the later period being ‘Triumph of Religion’.
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