586 – art: Polykleitos Regos 1903-1984

Karoulia, Mount Athos
signed in greek and dated 1927 (lower right)
oil on canvas
95 x 75 cm. (37 3/8 x 29 1/2 in.)
Sold for £11,950 inclusive of Buyer’s Premium

Exhibited: Athens, Lykeion Ellinidon, 1927. Between 1925 and 1930 Regos was particularly captivated by the spiritual environment of Mt. Athos and painted a series of works on this subject. His frequent trips to Mt. Athos culminated in a book of engravings in 1934. In this work, the artist presents a highly subjective response to the natural environment and is one of his last works to bear anthropomorphic shapes, evident in the cloud masses. The undulating clouds fill the sky while the soaring grey cliffs rise precipitously from the deep blue sea. Instead of being an image of mere topographical interest, the composition vibrates with the primeval forces of nature and provides us with an image of the artist’s spiritual and aesthetic experience of the landscape unfolding before him. Text Bonhams.

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