1053 – Spyros Papaloukas: Simonas Petras

For sale 60.000 – 80.000 BP Sotheby’s, London 17th may. Here is the text from the catalogue:

Simonopetra Monastery is an Eastern Orthodox monastery located on the southern coast of the Athos peninsula, between the port of Dafni and the Osiou Grigoriou monastery. Founded during the 13th century by Simon the Athonite (later sanctified by the Eastern Orthodox church as Osios Simon of the Myrrohovletes), it is built on exceptionally rugged terrain, surmounting a single rock on a cliff overlooking the sea.

Papaloukas’ profound appreciation and reverence for the beauty of the Greek countryside started at a young age, the artist himself stating: ‘Ever since I was a small boy in my village, I explored my homeland inch by inch. I strolled the hills and vales, wandered along the paths, over the mountains with their gorges and streams, with their snows and rainfalls’ (quoted by Marina Lambraki-Plaka, ‘The Painting of Paploukas: A Spiritual Adventure’, Spyros Papaloukas, Athens, 2007, p. 11).

The present work is a rich example of Papaloukas’ finest works from his ‘Mount Athos period’. Having initially trained as an apprentice to an icon painter, Papaloukas travelled to Mount Athos with his roommate in Paris, the artist Fotis Kontoglou, in 1923. The aim of Papaloukas’ trip into the wilds of nature was to recover from his experiences as a war artist in the Greek army during the Asia Minor campaign, to further his studies of Byzantine iconography, and to paint the local scenery.

The traumatic experience of the Asia Minor Campaign had created a need for national self-affirmation in Greece, which was expressed in literature and the visual arts through a turn to tradition. A member of the Generation of the Thirties, Papaloukas was no exception, and sought comfort in a return to the Byzantine tradition while striving to combine it with contemporary ideas on painting. Following Papaloukas’ return from his four-year stay in Paris in 1921, the artist focused on painting the landscape and people of his homeland, incorporating the maxims and elements of the aesthetic of the Cubists, Impressionists, Nabis and Fauves.

other favorites of mine:
entrance Pantokrator
Vatopedi in red

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9 Responses to 1053 – Spyros Papaloukas: Simonas Petras

  1. George says:

    Try FOMA (Friends of Mount Athos) in the UK. They could have the photo since his royal highness is a member of that organisation.

  2. Sotiris says:

    I guess you have to take the permission of the photographer (monk Theodosios ?) first. I can try to call the monastery if you like ? Have you tried the contact box in their web-site ?

  3. herman says:

    Thanks everybody, I know what to do now. Sotiris, It is not yet neccesary to call the monastery yet. But many thanks.

  4. Mochten de Heilige Berg, Highgrove en de gedachten daarachter je belangstelling hebben bekijk dan eens het werk van de architect Andrew Gould. http://www.newworldbyzantine.com

    De Palladio-achtige dingen zijn van zijn collega.
    De kerken zijn van hem.

    Hij werkt op het ogenblik aan een Orthodoxe kerk voor Amersfoort.

    Doe het goede.

  5. Richard Storey says:

    I have a high resolution pic of HRH taken on an Athos footpath.

  6. Herman Voogd says:

    The curators of the Teyler Museum are looking for an image of HRH prince Charles actually working in his garden in England (Highgrove). So Richard thanks a lot but maybe you have a low res version available for this weblog?

  7. Bert G. says:

    @v. Stephan: prachtig nieuws! Staan de plannen ergens oline? Wanneer beginnen jullie er aan? Groetjes aan matoesjka, Kees, Nina, en de rest van de familie!

  8. v.Stephan says:

    Beste Bert,
    In de loop va n januari komen de tekeningen.
    Daarna komt het on line.

    Doe het goede.


  9. theodosios simonopetritis says:

    I think the above mentioned idea to ASK THE AUTHOR would be a good approach…

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