The Twenty - Second Auction of Greek and Cypriot Art Works
Wednesday, 10th of May 2017, 8:00 p.m.   HILTON Hotel, Nicosia

CURIUM Palace Hotel, Limasol 2 - 4 Μay   HILTON Hotel, Nicosia: 8 - 10 May

Michael Kasialos DEKATI

A total of 120 important and rare art works by Greek and Cypriot artists from the 19th century to date, will be offered at auction on the evening of Wednesday, May 10th at the Hilton Hotel in Nicosia. A prime work by Cypriot naif Michael Kasialos priced at 25.000 - 35,000 (Low to High) and a 1990 Composition by Greek expressionist Dimitris Mytaras priced at
8.500 - 15.000 (Low to High) are expected to lead the auction.

Auction highlights include an exceptional still life by Ioannis Kissonergis one of the founders of Cypriot Art. Among the top lots is an abstract expressionist work by Cypriot emblematic artist Christoforos Savvas and a unique painting from the later period of Demonstrations by vangard modernist Katy Stephanides. Top lots also include the atmospheric Beneficent by one of Greece's most amazing artists, Emanuel Zairis, and the Monk by great Greek orientalist Symon Savvides.

Viewings of the works will be held from May 2nd to 4th at the Curium Palace Hotel in Limassol and from May 8th to 10th at the Hilton Hotel in Nicosia. The works will be offered at auction on the evening of May 10th. The Psatharis Auction House keeps the opening bid almost always signicantly lower than the market price to allow for ascending prices and importantly to provide investment opportunities for savvy buyers.


Michael Kasialos Dekati (oil on hardboard, 72 x 120 cm, 25,000 - 35,000)
Dekati (One-Tenth) is an important painting by Cypriot naif Michael Kasialos (1885 - 1974). Kasialos whose works fetch top prices in auctions in Cyprus uses line precision, extreme detail and intense colour to depict the life of Cypriot peasantry. Dekati projects its narrate through saturated colours and floating figures in still space. Dekati (One-Tenth) is a reference to the one-tenth of the crop owed by peasantry to landlords in Ottoman Cyprus.

Ioannis Kissonergis,
Pomegranates and Grapes (oil on canvas, 80 x 44 cm, 7,000 - 11,000)

Pomegranates and Grapes is a fine work by Ioanis Kissonergis (1889 - 1963) one of the founding fathers of Cypriot Art. Kissonergis approached the painterly surface with exceptional technique and care for details. The painter studied at the Athens School of Fine Arts where he came under the influence of the rigidity and discipline of academic realism.

Dimitris Mytaras Composition (oil on canvas, 70 x 100 cm, 8.500 - 15.000)
Dimitris Mytaras (1934 - 2017) is one of the most important figures of contemporary Greek Art. Throughout his oeuvre he experimented with the human figure, which he first approached through naturalism and later through expressionism. Composition (1990) is a prime example of the artist's eruptive expressionist works in which pictorial space is dominated by expressive brushwork and lush paint.

Emmanuel Zairis Beneficent (oil on canvas, 90 x 113,5 cm, 6,000 - 9,000)
A Munich Academy painter, Emmanuel Zairis (1876 - 1948) experimented during his early phase with German impressionism before moving on to realism. Beneficent belongs to the realism period of Zairis during which he paints scenes of everyday life expanding his artistic conception of human activity to human-centricity. Beneficent echoes subtle spirituality achieved through the meticulous use of light.

Christoforos Savva Untitled (oil on canvas, 57,5 x 33,5 cm, 5,500 - 9,000)
Untitled is a riotous work by emblematic Cypriot painter Christoforos Savva (1924 - 1968), Its dynamic areas of radiant colour enliven the composition making the painting one of Savva's most sophisticated works. The artist has been one of the first painters who tried to reinvent Cypriot Art introducing it to contemporary currents and modernist trends. Savvas's own work carries influences of French Modernism, Fauvism, Cubism and Abstract Art.

Symeon Savvides The Monk (oil on canvas, 34,5 x 24,5 cm, 5,000 - 8,000)
Symeon Savvides (1859 - 1927) is an exceptional case in Greek art. Having studied at the Munich Academy he countered the academic austerity and decided to remake himself following his own theories in colour and light. He experimented with portraiture and still life and was influenced by orientalism and French impressionism during his later phase.

Katy Stephanides Untitled (acrylic on canvas, 90 x 110 cm, 2,400 - 5,000)
Untitled is a unique work by leading modernist Katy Stephanides (1925 - 2012). It belongs to the latest period of the artist's series of Demonstrations where the painter reintroduces large areas of radiant colour. An exceptional case in Cypriot art, Stephanides continuously experimented with form, colour and materials, alternating between representation and abstraction and creating a novel sense of soft form and hidden space.



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