Konstantinos Volanakis
Seascape with dinghies and a sailboat
oil on canvas
24 x 42.5 cm
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A lyrical rendering of an everyday scene on the shore of a wind-sheltered inlet. On the left in the distance, a sailboat with trapezoid sails on the foremast is sailing in a calm sea, its body reflected on the crystal clear surface of the water. In the centre, in the foreground, a dinghy is moored on the beach and next to it two fishermen are talking, one standing and one sitting. The dinghy has been painted in full detail, from the oars and the utility objects hanging on the side, to the canvas sunshade. The outline of the earthy landscape continues on the right side with allusive references to the low wild vegetation, and only further back on the beach are the hulls of two ships.


Takis Mavrotas (curator), Constantinos Volanakis: The Father of Greek Seascape Painting, exhibition catalogue, B&M Theocharakis Foundation for the Fine Arts, Athens 2018, p. 52 (“Seascape with boats and a sailing ship”).

Thodoris Koutsogiannis (curator), Constantinos Volanakis: Nostos of the Sea. Artworks from the Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation collection, exhibition catalogue, Municipal Art Gallery of Chania, pp. 100-101.

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