Spyros Vassiliou (1902 - 1985)

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An Azure Day
1977
    Oil and collage on canvas
81 × 116 cm

In the composition An Azure Day by Spyros Vassiliou the boundaries are not specific and the space cannot be defined. The painter isolates a boat, an open window with what one could see in the interior, a second window on the next floor, a chair and walkers. The sky and the sea hold together, time stops and the painter brings us back to his childhood.

Spyros Vassiliou was born in 1903 in Galaxidi and studied at the Athens School of Fine Arts, at the side of Nikolaos Lytras. During the World War II and the early post-war years (1940-1947), due to a lack of painting materials, he dealt with woodcut, examples of which are found in illustrations of literary and poetic texts. He also dealt with stage design and religious painting, while at the same time he published several books. During the interwar period, he was actively involved in the redefinition of Greek art, and the love for his land was apparent, given the numerous depictions of the urban landscape. In these realistic works, we observe his intense dissatisfaction for the gradual transformation of the city into a concrete jungle. However, the painter came up with the idea to find the beauty in the interior of houses. In 1950, when the circulation of painting materials in the market was restored, the colour returned to the Athenian studios, and Vassiliou incorporated into his painting a personal colour palette reflecting the Greek light and blue sky and sea.

Signatures and Inscriptions
Signed and dated 'Σπύρος Βα / σιλείου / 77' (lower right)
Current location
Basil & Elise Goulandris Foundation, Athens
Floor 3rd
Tour Guide Code
309
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Spyros Vassiliou
(1902 - 1985)
Gender
Man
Nationality
Greek
First Name
Spyros
Last Name
Vassiliou
Birth
Galaxidi, Greece, 1902
Death
Athens, Greece, 1985