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Women’s Bazaar II



Telemachos Kanthos (1910-1993)
Women’s Bazaar II
oil on canvas
AGLC 487 @ A.G Leventis Gallery

This piece was inspired by the artist’s plein air drawings, completed between 1942 and 1950. It depicts a scene from a traditional outdoor market, known as a ‘gynaikopazaro’ or a women’s bazaar, that took place in Nicosia on Fridays. Greek and Turkish Cypriot women from both rural villages and cities came to sell goods that they had made or produced themselves. In this piece, Kanthos wished to capture the atmosphere and peaceful character of the scene, focusing on the most important and basic features and avoiding descriptive allusions.

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About the artist

Telemachos Kanthos was  born in 1910 . He studied at the Athens School of Fine Arts from 1929 to 1932 and from 1934 to 1938. His work is completely inspired by the landscape and people of Cyprus.  As a starting point for his artistic pursuits he studied 19th century landscape art.  He continued to study the Impressionists and the Post-Impressionists, focusing particularly on Cézanne.  He was especially interested in landscape painting and studied Cyprus’ light, colours and volumes in great depth. When painting scenes from everyday life, he focused on the ‘essential’; his compositions are characterized by simplification, schematized forms and a removal of excessive and descriptive allusions.

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