Konstantinos Parthenis

The National Gallery presents the exhibition “Konstantinos Parthenis (1878-1967) - Painting an Ideal Greece”, the first comprehensive retrospective exhibition dedicated to the oeuvre of one of the most outstanding figures of modern Greek painting. The exhibition showcases the artist’s multifaceted, uplifting and deeply Greek creative output in a gesture of powerful symbolism, being the first retrospective dedicated to a Greek artist in the new National Gallery, following on the first, monumental temporary exhibition “The Art of Portraiture in the Louvre Collections”.

© Apotheosis of Athanasios Diakos, before 1933 Oil, charcoal and pencil on canvas 371 x 380 cm Donated by Sophia Parthenis National Gallery-Alexandros Soutsos Museum artwork no. 6506

Konstantinos Parthenis’s life and career spans from the late 19th century until the late 1960s, when he lived and worked in his home studio at the foot of the Acropolis. Alexandria, Vienna, Paris, Corfu and Athens are landmark cities in a career that is yet to be comprehensively documented and definitively assessed in art history. In his painting, Parthenis developed a creative dialogue with the modernist movement while maintaining his own distinct style, where iconographic references to antique and Byzantine art expand his extraordinary painting vocabulary, which evolved steadily throughout his life in a wide range of works.He pioneered a groundbreaking approach to modernism and justified his belief that the artist deserves recognition and support from the state. 

Due to the strike on Wednesday March 8, the museum will remain open until 16:00

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