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A Street in Old Nicosia



Ioannis Kissonerghis (1889-1963)
A Street in Old Nicosia
watercolour on paper
AGLC 494 @ A.G Leventis Gallery

Ioannis Kisssonergis was born and lived his whole life inside the Venetian walls; the streets, the houses and the everyday life of the people featured significantly in his oeuvre.  His watercolours and oil paintings are invaluable testimonies of life in Nicosia during the first half of the 20th century, when Greek and Turkish Cypriots lived together in peace.

In this piece, the sensitive use of light enhances the elegance of colour and the sophisticated painterly lines, marked by subtle tonal gradations.

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About the artist

Ioannis Kissonerghis was born in Nicosia in 1889. He studied medicine for three years at the University of Athens, but interrupted his studies to take part in the Balkan Wars. After they ended in 1913 he enrolled in the Athens School of Fine Arts, where he remained for 1 ½ years.  However due to serious Illness, he had to return to Cyprus, where he taught at the Pancyprian Gymansium and The English School.  His art was very much influenced by his studies at the Athens School of Fine Art, where he was taught by professors that had been educated in Munich and had brought with them the artistic climate that prevailed there at the time.  His relationship with them is evident in Kissonerghis’ realistic approach, accomplished draftsmanship and detailed and skillful composition. Kissonerghis was particularly involved in watercolour. The greater freedom of line and the quicker speed that watercolour painting demands affected his style, helping to distance him from the various constraints of the academic tradition.

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