Konstantinos Volanakis
Moonlit harbour of Volos
oil on canvas
58.5 x 102 cm
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Another nighttime painting by Volanakis with a strong pictorial style. A composition flooded with deep blue tones and black shadows. Only a few areas stand out selectively to emphasise the perspective and differentiate the seascape from the cityscape. However, despite the almost monochromatic choices and the dim light, the individual depictions are persistently described in detail. Volanakis eloquently describes the large human presence, a night in the port of Volos and, at the same time, the absolute stillness of the tranquil sea next to it. Large and small ships, steamships, boats, two-masted and one-masted sailboats are anchored all along the mole, while no ships appear in the open sea, all the way to the distance, where only a mountainous strip of land is outlined. On the waterfront, several things are happening simultaneously: a man in a suit, white shirt and hat is walking with an umbrella, another man is sitting on the pavement with his wares spread out on the street and further back a couple with a child and another lone man are walking. On the opposite sidewalk with the illuminated buildings are many people, men and women, alone or in groups. A carriage, a man with a barrow and many other strollers are crossing in the middle of the street.


Marilena Z. Kassimati (curator), Constantinos Volanakis: Poet of the Sea, exhibition catalogue, Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation, Hellenic Maritime Museum, Athens 2009, pp. 105, 181.

Takis Mavrotas (curator), Constantinos Volanakis: The Father of Greek Seascape Painting, exhibition catalogue, B&M Theocharakis Foundation for the Fine Arts, Athens 2018, pp. 128-129 (“The port of Volos”).

Thodoris Koutsogiannis (curator), Constantinos Volanakis: Nostos of the Sea. Artworks from the Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation collection, exhibition catalogue, Municipal Art Gallery of Chania, pp. 166-169.

Bonhams / London, The Greek Sale, 15/06/2002.

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