Panayotis D. Cangelaris - Greek Diplomat and Collector



 "Image I" by Yannis Spiropoulos

"Image Ι", 1986
By Yannis Spiropoulos (1912-1990)
Oil on paper, 48Χ36 cm.
Inv. No.: P-45


Born at Pylos (Peloponnese), Yannis Spiropoulos studied at the School of Fine Arts, Athens (1933-1938) with Unbertos Argyros, Spiros Vikatos and Epaminondas Thomopoulos and then went to Paris where he completed his studies at the École des Beaux Arts and at a number of open Academies (1938-1940).  Since 1950 he organized many solo exhibitions in Greece and abroad.  He participated to many group shows as well, including all Pan-Hellenic and the Biennales of Alexandria, Venice and Sao Paolo.  In 1960 he won the UNESCO Award at the Biennale of Venice and in 1978 he got the Gottfried von Herder Prize of the University of Vienna.  He was named Commander of the Royal Order of Phoenix (1966).  He bequeathed his house at the suburb of Athens, Ekali, which since 1990 functions as a museum.  This specific painting belongs to the abstract period of his work, which due to his personal style has placed him as leading representative of abstract painting in Greece.  Yannis Spiropoulos passed away in Athens (1990).

P.D.Cangelaris, Reflections upon Greek Contemporary Painting, The Cangelaris Collection, vol.1, Athens 1991








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