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This is Demetrios Galanis

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By Gwylym Owen

Demetrios Galanis (Greek: Δημήτριος Γαλάνης, 17 May 1879, Athens – 20 March 1966, Paris) was an prematurely twentieth-century Greek player and buddy of Picasso. In 1920, the year he completed his Seated Nude (private collection), he exhibited next to such major figures of broadminded art as Matisse and Braque, while from 1921 upon he in addition to exhibited alongside Juan Gris, Dufy, Chagall, and Picasso.

By the to come 1920s Galanis was famous in France and preparing for shows in Brussels, London, and New York. In 1920–21 he frequently exhibited in Paris and in 1922 his first one-man exhibition normal the enthusiastic valuable response that customary his reputation. Seated Nude was accompanied by the pictures exhibited, and in an inauguration to the exhibition André Malraux described the artist’s statute as “having the faculty to excite emotions equivalent to that of Giotto.”

This show established Galanis’s reputation as a painter and confirmed the favourable opinions already expressed upon the vibes of his work. Critics of his mature paid much more attention to his figurative behave than his landscapes, confirming the well-established view that Galanis’s first and foremost concern was his adore for the human form.

Galanis usual greater critical acclaim abroad in his lifetime than any supplementary Greek modern artist of the at the forefront 20th century. The French allow in honoured him afterward the highest distinctions: full professor at the École des Beaux Arts in Paris and a lifelong aficionada of the Académie française.

Having moved to Paris in 1900, living in Montmartre for fifty years in a home which is now the Musée de Montmartre, Galanis developed his artistic faculty beyond painting. He was moreover known for his illustrative wood-engravings in books, such as the Limited Editions Club of Sophocles’ Oedipus the King and the Cresset Press edition of John Milton’s Paradise Lost. The Limited Editions Club published 1500 signed copies in 1955 and the sister organization, Heritage Press, then reprinted mysterious volumes.

The most significant accretion of Galanis’s feint is held in the Teloglion Foundation at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, although examples can as a consequence be found in London’s Tate Gallery. His famous Seated Nude sold at auction for $221,860 in May 2006.

Sources 1.Galanis. “EI” Magazine of European Art Center (EUARCE) of Greece, 13st event 1996, p. 14&30-31 (The strong ties of harmony that bound poet Yannis Koutsoheras are vividly described in an obsolescent text by the former, published in this matter for the first time)

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