Friday, December 21, 2018

Yannis Tsarouchis (1910 – 1989)

Another Greek painter with strong artistic talent is Yannis Tsarouchis. He studied at the Athens School of Fine Arts and he took classes of Byzantine iconography, while he also studied popular architecture and dressing customs.

While visiting Istanbul, Paris and Italy (1935-1936), he was fascinated by the Renaissance and Impressionism movements. Meanwhile, he discovered artworks of famous artists such as Henri Matisse and Alberto Giacometti.
Tsarouchis’s paintings reflect the inspiration he extracted from his travels and from his meetings with influential artists. In 1938 he produced his first personal exhibition in Athens and a few years later, in 1951 he had exhibitions in Paris and London.
An important milestone in his career was his participation in the the Venice Biennale in 1958.
It’s worth to mention that he fought in the Greco-Italian War in 1940 and in 1949 he and other famous greek artists, including Nikos Hadjikyriakos-Ghikas, Yannis Moralis, Nikos Nikolaou, Nikos Engonopoulos and Panayiotis Tetsis, established the "Armos" art group.
The most characteristic element in Tsarouchis paintings is the images of men (mostly sailors) that seem vulnerable, and sometimes the images of strong women.

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