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Yiannis Pappas

Greece (1913 -  2005 )
pappas Yiannis Egyptian Woman

Dec 13, 2007
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Yiannis Pappas - Mother And Child

Yiannis Pappas - Mother And Child

Original 1958


Lot number: 64
Mother and child
signed in greek and numbered 2/8 (on the base)
55 x 16 x 14 cm.
Conceived in 1958.
The work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed bythe artist.
Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner.
A work of austere elegance and archaic beauty revealing a deepunderstanding of the Greek humanistic tradition, Mother and childrelies on balanced volumes, tight focus on the essential,concentration on the typical and generalized treatment of form toconvey a distant memory and a modern interpretation of a timelessancient core. Executed after 1950 when Pappas returned from Egyptto Athens, this evocative piece belongs to his finest period,during which he established himself as a talented artist worthilycarrying on the legacy of the great 19th c. Greeksculptors.
“His lines are frugal, his volumes are welldesigned for the rhythmic interplay of light and shadow and hiscompositions are intended to aesthetically please the eye with afine balance of lines and volumes rather than stir emotions withviolent contrasts and abruptly transposedplanes.”
See Ch. Christou -
M. Koumvakali, Modern GreekSculpture
, Commercial Bank of Greece, Athens 1982, p. 99.
A. Xydis,
Proposals for the History of ModernGreek Art
Yiannis Pappas - Egyptian Woman

Yiannis Pappas - Egyptian Woman



Net Price
Lot number: 100
signed in Greek (lower right on the base)
60 x 20 x 23 cm.
, ?7,200 - 10,000 Footnote:
In this evocative piece of austere beauty, the simplified elaboration of fluid and balanced volumes, the tight focus on the essential and the ingenious combination of square and curvilinear motifs show an artist in full control of his expressive means. A prominent sculptor who remained faithful to figurative art throughout his long career, Yannis Pappas had the opportunity to closely study Egyptian art during his stay in Egypt in 1944-1950. "In its formal austerity, schematization and tectonic design, concentration on the typical and generalized treatment of form,
Egyptian woman conveys something of the timelessness of Egyptian sculpture."
1 However, as noted by Manolis Chatzidakis "From this lofty lesson in monumental style, Pappas did not retain any external characteristics but, remaining true to his line and Greek memory, he simplified his formal vocabulary in order to enrich his expressive language."
21. Ch. Christou - M. Koumvakali,
Modern Greek Sculpture, Commercial Bank of Greece, Athens 1982, p. 99 (referring to the over life-size version of
Egyptian woman, plaster, h:1.80m, Alexandria 1948/50, illustrated in Zygos magazine, no.54, May 1960, p. 14).
2. M. Chatzidakis, 'The Sculptor Pappas' [in Greek], Zygos, p. 6.
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