Demetrios Galanis Hand Signed Letters + Sketch Drawings
This listing is for a pair of vintage handwritten letters from the artist Demetrios Galanis (1880 - 1966) to the American artist Frank King Wallace of Greensboro, Vermont. These letters were written in 1945 and 1951, respectively. Both letters are written in French and feature a hand drawn sketch by the artist. The letter from 1951 measures 4.5" inches by 5.5" inches and the one from 1945 is 8.25" inches by 10.75" inches. The letters are in very good condition with creases from folding, a little wear on the edges, and slight yellowing. This listing has no reserve price so don't miss your chance to win!
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Some information on the artists from Wikipedia:
"Demetrios Galanis (1880-1966) was an early twentieth century Greek artist and contemporary and friend of Picasso. In 1920, the year he completed his `Seated Nude', he exhibited alongside such major figures of modern art as Matisse and Braque, while from 1921 on he also exhibited alongside Juan Gris, Dufy, Chagall and Picasso.
"By the early 1920s Galanis was famous in France and preparing for shows in Brussels, London, and New York. In 1922 his first one-man exhibition received the enthususiastic critical response that established his reputation. `Seated Nude' was among the pictures exhibited, and in an introduction to the exhibition Andre Malraux described the artist's work as "having the power to stir emotions equivalent to that of Giotto."
"Galanis received greater critical acclaim abroad in his lifetime than any other Greek modern artist of the early 20th century. The French state honoured him with the highest distinctions: full professor at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris and a life-long member of the Academie francaise."
Frank King Wallace was an acclaimed artist and political radical who was blacklisted in the mid 1950s./ He left the country for a number of years and lived in Europe, studying and spending time with well known contemporary artists such as Demetrius Galanis. He sold pieces to a number of high society collectors throughout the world, including Nelson A. Rockefeller and Hazel Guggenheim McKinley. His work is in the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, as well as in Paris and Vienna.
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