Ioannis, Jean Altamura

Greece (18521878 ) - Artworks
ALTAMURA Ioannis, Jean View Of Øresund With Kronborg Castle

Bruun Rasmussen /Feb 28, 2012
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Ioannis, Jean Altamura - Sailing Ship In The Port Of Copenhagen

Ioannis, Jean Altamura - Sailing Ship In The Port Of Copenhagen

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Jean Altamoura (Greek, 1852-1878) Sailing ship in the port of Copenhagen signed 'J. Altamura' (lower left) oil on canvas 41 x 61.5 cm. Footnotes Provenance Private collection, Athens. Literature Jean Altamouras, his Life and Works , exhibition catalogue, Benaki Museum, Athens 2011, p. 145 (illustrated). Sailing ship in the port of Copenhagen is one of the extremely scarce works by Altamoura, a short-lived but exceptional seascape painter who by the age of 24 was already an acclaimed and highly paid artist enjoying the full support of the Greek Royal Court. As noted by E. Kypreou, who included this outstanding painting in the artist's major retrospective at the Benaki museum in 2011, "Altamoura produced only a few works and none of them is mediocre. At a time when an attorney in law was being paid fifteen drachmas for a court appearance, a canvas by Altamoura was purchased by the then Ministry of Marine Affairs for 2,000 drachmas." 1 In 1873, Altamoura won a scholarship from King George I that enabled him to pursue graduate studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen. As noted by Kypreou, "in Copenhagen his mind opened up. Starting out with his experience of the Greek light and the Greek landscape, he blended them with the metaphysical light of the European north. He lowered the horizon like an old Flemish master and rested the sky on the ground." The shifting atmosphere, the mobility of light, the jewel-like details, such as the three figures aboard the vessel, and especially the breadth and openness of the shimmering sky that shines through luminous travelling clouds recalling his famous Port of Copenhagen at the Athens National Gallery, have been portrayed with loving care and effortless brilliance, combining academic principles with a vivid sense of on-the-spot immediacy to transform natural elements into a lyrical image. 1 . E. Kipreou, Jean Altamouras, a Tempestuous Life [in Greek], Kathimerini newspaper, 28.6.2009, p. 15.
Ioannis, Jean Altamura - Boats At The Seashore

Ioannis, Jean Altamura - Boats At The Seashore

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Jean Altamoura (Greek, 1852-1878) Boats at the seashore signed, dated and inscribed 'Helsm. 17 Sept. 1874 Jean Altamuras' (lower left) oil on canvas laid down on cardboard 38.5 x 53 cm. Footnotes Painted 1872-1876. PROVENANCE: Private collection, Athens. LITERATURE: Jean Altamouras, His Life and Works , exhibition catalogue, Benaki Museum, Athens 2011, p. 182 (illustrated). During his years in Denmark, Altamoura constantly returned to the seashore as a source of inspiration (compare Waiting for the tide, Bonhams Greek Sale, 20.5.2008, lot 6). Here, the suggestion of the atmosphere, the openness of the sky, mottled with travelling clouds, and the jewel-like details, such as the three figures in the middleground perfectly integrated in the coastal environment, have been portrayed with effortless brilliance, combining academic principles with a vivid sense of on-the-spot immediacy. An exceptional talent and pioneering Greek seascapist whose promising career was cut short at the age of 26, Altamoura showed an acute awareness of the artistic trends of his time -not only of the Danish or Flemish schools but also of British and French marine painting, 1 arriving at some highly advanced pictorial formulations. As noted by E. Kipreou who included this outstanding painting in the artist's retrospective at the Benaki Museum in 2011, "Altamoura produced only a few works and none of them is mediocre. So, if you ever come across a low quality painting, then you certainly know it's not by him." 2 1 . M. V(lachos), The Emergence of Modern Greek Painting 1830-1930 from the Bank of Greece Collection , exhibition catalogue, Washington 2002, p. 68. See also Vlachos, Greek Seascape Painting [in Greek], Olkos publ., Athens 1993, p. 138. 2 . E. Kipreou, Jean Altamoura, a Tempestuous Life [in Greek], Kathimerini newspaper, 28.6.2009, p. 15.
Ioannis, Jean Altamura - View Of Øresund With Kronborg Castle

Ioannis, Jean Altamura - View Of Øresund With Kronborg Castle

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Ioannis (Jean) Altamuras, b. Athens 1852, d. Spetzais 1878 View of Øresund with Kronborg Castle, in the foreground men rowing. Unsigned. Oil on canvas. 28 x 39 cm. The Greek painter Ioannis (Jean) Altamuras is often described as the "Greek Skagen painter". King George I (The Danish prince Wilhelm) discovered Altamuras' talent for painting and helped him to join the Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen. Altamuras was only 20 years old when he arrived and spent three years in Denmark. He met Michael Ancher, who also found out, that he was a gifted painter and they became friends. Through him Altamuras befriended Anna Ancher, Holger Drachmann and P. S. Krøyer. He was inspired by the Skagen painters, and he even went to sea with the frigate "Jylland" to get the right knowledge of the maritime world. Altamuras painted Øresund and Kronborg many times during his stay in Denmark. See "Jean Altamuras. His life and works" , 2011 pp. 103, 124, 197-201.
Ioannis, Jean Altamura - View Of Øresund With Kronborg Castle

Ioannis, Jean Altamura - View Of Øresund With Kronborg Castle

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Ioannis (Jean) Altamuras, b. Athens 1852, d. Spetzais 1878 View of Øresund with Kronborg Castle, in the foreground men rowing. Unsigned. Oil on canvas. 28 x 39 cm. The Greek painter Ioannis (Jean) Altamuras is often described as the "Greek Skagen painter". King George I (The Danish prince Wilhelm) discovered Altamuras' talent for painting and helped him to join the Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen. Altamuras was only 20 years old when he arrived and spent three years in Denmark. He met Michael Ancher, who also found out, that he was a gifted painter and they became friends. Through him Altamuras befriended Anna Ancher, Holger Drachmann and P. S. Krøyer. He was inspired by the Skagen painters, and he even went to sea with the frigate "Jylland" to get the right knowledge of the maritime world. Altamuras painted Øresund and Kronborg many times during his stay in Denmark. See "Jean Altamuras. His life and works" , 2011 pp. 103, 124, 197-201.
Ioannis, Jean Altamura - Evening In The Harbour

Ioannis, Jean Altamura - Evening In The Harbour

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Ioannis (Jean) Altamura, b. Athens 1852, d. Spetzais 1878 Evening in the harbour. Signed Altamura. Oil on canvas. 19 x 28 cm. The Greek painter Ioannis (Jean) Altamura is described asthe "Greek Skagen painter". King George I (The Danishprince Wilhelm) discovered Altamura's talent for painting andhelped him to join the Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen. Altamura was only 20 years old when he arrived and spent threeyears in Denmark. He met Michael Ancher, who also foundout, that he was a gifted painter and they became friends. Through him Altamura befriended Anna Ancher, Holger Drachmannand P. S. Kr�yer. He was inspired by theSkagen painters, and he even went to sea with the frigate"Jylland" to get the right knowledge of the maritimeworld. A retrospective exhibition with a dominance of his Danish workscan be seen in the Benaki Museum in Athens in the spring of2011.
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