Theodore Rallis’ Greece

On the occasion of the celebrations for the 200-year anniversary from the Greek War of Independence, Greece is among the highlights of this year. The A. G. Leventis Gallery is organizing a temporary exhibition dedicated to Greece as it is presented through Rallis’ artworks.

Theodore Rallis was an important Greek painter of the 19th century. He was born in Constantinople, originated from Chios and lived and studied in Paris. He usually traveled to Greece and the East and along with his studio in Paris, he also had a studio in Cairo for many years. His connection with the East made him the most important Greek oriental painter. He participated many times in the official Paris Salon and international exhibitions, presenting Greek and oriental themes. He usually depicted Greece in his own way, taking inspiration from his travels and experience.

The exhibition is curated by Dr. Maria Katsanaki, Curator of the National Gallery-Alexandros Soutsos Museum, Athens and it is focused on the Greek life and traditions of the 19th century as depicted in Rallis’ work. The exhibition will be enriched by original costumes and items of the time depicted in Rallis’ paintings.

The exhibition will be accompanied by the publication of the A. G. Leventis Foundation and A. G. Leventis Gallery ‘Theodore Rallis’ by Maria Katsanaki, published in 2018 – the first completed monography about the artist, along with a small exhibition catalogue.

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