Konstantinos Volanakis
Bringing in the nets
oil on canvas
31.8 x 53.5 cm
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This scene of fishing with nets unfolds at dawn, in an atmosphere of absolute silence, on a dead calm sea. On the left, in the open sea, a large sailboat can be seen drifting with open sails. In the centre, an islet with a lighthouse is pictured in the background, while the main subject is depicted in full detail in the foreground. On the deck of a one-masted sailboat, two fishermen are bringing in the nets that are spread out in the sea, as suggested by the bobbers floating on the surface. Another young fisherman beside them is sitting on the edge of the boat with his legs out, helping them.

The composition is perfectly balanced and every detail is accurately depicted. The harmony of colours is impressive, selectively disrupted by the dark-toned reflections of the shadows.

The pictorial reference of a lone sailboat in the open sea with its sails unfurled, disappearing on the horizon line, is repeated often in Volanakis’ works, for example: “Fishing in calm waters”, “Vessels by moonlight”, “Collecting the nets”, “Fishing boats”, etc.


Marilena Z. Kassimati (curator), Constantinos Volanakis: Poet of the Sea, exhibition catalogue, Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation, Hellenic Maritime Museum, Athens 2009, pp. 152, 184 (“Collecting the nets”, n.d.).

Takis Mavrotas (curator), Constantinos Volanakis: The Father of Greek Seascape Painting, exhibition catalogue, B&M Theocharakis Foundation for the Fine Arts, Athens 2018, p. 70.

Thodoris Koutsogiannis (curator), Constantinos Volanakis: Nostos of the Sea. Artworks from the Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation collection, exhibition catalogue, Municipal Art Gallery of Chania, p. 111.

Sotheby’s / London, The Greek Sale, 18/10/2001.

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