OPINION

FEBRUARY 12-19, 1952

PARTHENIS: (From a review by Angelos Prokopiou, after a visit to the home of the artist who lives a secluded life) «Parthenis differs from other contemporary artists of Europe’s avant-garde, as he has not cut his ties with the Greek and Latin traditions of the Mediterranean. His work includes the concentration of memories of Greek antiquity, the Italian Renaissance and the Baroque. (…) It is not only the spiritual content but the imagery of his work which is also Greek-European. Parthenis’s imagery belongs to the psychology of the Baroque, that led to Michelangelo, Tintoretto and El Greco; an imagery marked by human pain. That pain has been all-pervasive in Greece over the past 12 years. I have often complained that our artists have not yet wanted to represent the anguish of the Nation’s soul. (…) The ‘Crucifixion’ we saw in his studio is a devastating symbol of Greece’s distress.