Constantine Pougialis (1894-1985) “Spanish Dancer” 1920s SOLD P746

This is superb, really. A bravura style, almost reckless in its confidence, assured draughtsmanship, very much a young man’s painting, but by a young man who has already found his powers and is exercising them freely. He is breaking away from his faultless academic training, embarking on the adventure of stylistic discovery which, in time, would turn his work increasingly modernist. Probably from the 1920s, certainly partaking lusciously of the style of the era. Art measures 24″ x 20″.

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Constantine Pougialis was born in Xylokastro, Greece, and arrived in America in 1913.  The same year, the famous Armony Show took place, the introduction of the European Avant Garde Art in New York.  Pougialis learned from his father about the restoration of Byzantium pictures in the Greek Orthodox churches.  He studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and then traveled to Greece and Paris, where he completed his studies.  He traveled a lot in Mexico, Canada, Italy and Spain and then returned to Chicago where he became (1938-1962) one of the most popular lecturers of the Art Institute of Chicago.  “He painted people images and then passed to cubism and expressionism, and finally in abstract images” (Angelos Prokopiou, Art in United States, Athens 1961).

Exhibitions:
Art Institute of Chicago (From 1925 to 1950, Pougialis exhibited 31 times and he received awards in 1931, 1933, 1935 (two awards), 1936 and 1950.
Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of Art in New York,
Corcoran Gallery of Art (Washington),
Carnegie Institute (Pittsburgh), and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (Philadelphia).

Some memorable exhibitions that Pougialis participated in, were: “Half a Century of American Art and the Century of Progress” (1933-1934, Chicago), and in the famous “New York World’s Fair” (1939-1940), where Dali caused a scandal with his Pavillion and surrealist views.