In this video, the A. G. Leventis Gallery recalls the life and work of artist Konstantinos Maleas – one of the most important Post-Impressionist Greek painters of the 20th century, who passed away on April 4, 1928.
Maleas was born and grew up in Istanbul, far from Athens, the centre of the Greek art scene. He graduated from Istanbul’s Great School of the Nation, where he had his first brush with art, and later studied architecture at the metropolis’ Technical University.
In 1901, he left for Paris, where he remained until 1907. There, he studied under Henri Martin and attended the École Nationale des Décoratifs. Finishing his studies, he returned to Istanbul, and thereafter spent two years in the Near East, where he painted some of the subjects of his famous landscapes.
In 1917, Maleas moved to Athens, where he became director of the Museum of Folk Handicrafts and member of the Art Council of the National Gallery. He was also a founding member of the ‘Techni’ group of artists, playing a key role in the body’s formation.
As for his style, Maleas draws on elements from Impressionism, Neo-Impressionism, the Nabis movement, Fauvism, Expressionism and Symbolism. Landscapes prevail in his work.
To honour his life and oeuvre, the video depicts Maleas’ ‘Landscape with Hills and Sea’, completed over 1918-20, oil on wood, which hangs today in the A. G. Leventis Gallery’s Greek Collection.
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