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Painting in contemporary Macedonia

The teachers of contemporary painting
The younger generation of modern painters

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'Kamara'
The 'Kamara', painting by Polykleitos Rengos (1903-1984), the most characteristic representative of the 'Thessaloniki School', Thessaloniki, Municipal Library.

'Greek themes'
'Greek themes', painting by Christos Lefakis (1906-1968), one of the most important Greek representatives of 'peinture matierique', Thessaloniki, Private collection.

'Kassandrini'
'Kassandrini', painting by the realist artist Yiorgos Paralis (1908-1975), Thessaloniki, Chamber of Commerce and Industry Collection.

'The Rotunda'
'The Rotunda', painting by Nikos Fotakis (1904-1959), who was mainly a landscape artist, Thessaloniki, Chamber of Commerce and Industry Collection.

'View of Thessaloniki'
'View of Thessaloniki', painting by the artist and poet Nikos Gavriil Pentzikis (1908-1993), Thessaloniki, Private collection.

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'Kamara'
Polykleitos Rengos (1903-1984)


'Greek themes'
Christos Lefakis (1906-1968)


'The Rotunda'
Nikos Fotakis (1904-1959)


'View of Thessaloniki'
Nikos Gavriil Pentzikis (1908-1993)


'Kassandrini'
Yiorgos Paralis (1908-1975)

Rengos was the artist who not only initiated but also deeply influenced artistic activity in the city. The imaginative enrichment of traditional styles and subjects with more modern trends that sets him apart is also characteristic of the lyric landscapes of Fotakis.

Lefakis, on the other hand, cultivated an idiosyncratic abstract tone with daring expressivity. The realism of Paralis is equally idiosyncratic; his poetic landscapes are frequently imbued with a metaphysical mood, while in the work of the multitalented Pentzikis the impressionist's wealth of color is interwoven with Byzantine mysticism.

See Also
Civilization - The younger generation of modern painters


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