In December 1920 two articles about Athos were published in the French magazine L’Illustration, one in the (extra thick) Christmis edition of December 4th and the second on December 25th 1920. Both articles describe the pilgrimage of the author Georges Rémond, together with the artists Charles Martel and Paul Jouve, in August 1917 – during the Great War. Not long after their visit the French General Sarrail and Admiral des Vignaux visited Mount Athos in 1918, together with the photographer Millet, who took these pictures.
In the first article of December 4th 1920, called “La très sainte montagne de l’Athos”, Martel and Jouve published their fine watercolors (aquarelles), photographs and drawings, that I would like to share with you (recently I got the opportunity to buy both magazines).Martel – watercolor (14 x 21): arsanas Iviron: the tower and “fishermen monks”Martel – watercolor (11 x 16): Mount Athos seen from Stravronikita
The maps used in the articleJouve – drawing (19 x 12,5): a monk from Chilandariou hits the semantron 1917Martel – watercolor (12 x 8): a small church on the Iviron territory(14 x 9,5)Martel (21 x 16) – two watercolors of SimonopetrasJouve – (32,5 x 46) watercolor of Simonopetras, used as a centerfold in the magazineMartel – watercolor (11 x 9): the door to the Protaton church in KaryesMartel – watercolor (30 x 21): a street in Karyes. This is without doubt the most striking and colorfull ‘aquarelle’, a real piece of art.Martel – watercolor (13,5 x 18): arsanas of the Great LavraMartel – watercolor (10,5 x 16): Great Lavra, view from the loggia where the monks livePicture: the monks of Stavronikita (10 x 14)Martel – watercolor (17 x 13): the trapeza of DionysiouMartel – watercolor (11 x 8): the road leading to DionysiouMartel – watercolor (8 x 9) – DocheiariouMartel – watercolor (6 x 9) Iviron: the seaside facade
Wim Voogd, 14/6, next time I will show the 2nd magazine of Dec 1920.