Greek, 1859-1935

oil on canvas

signed lower right
31 x 18 cm


private collection, Athens

sold for 1,414.20 €

Georgios Hatzopoulos was born on the island of Patmos in 1859.

He studied in Munich, between 1883 and 1887, at The Royal Academy of Fine Arts under Nicholaos Gysis.
On his return to Greece he was appointed to be a secondary school art teacher and from 1881 taught at the Evelpidon Military Academy.

From 1907 Hatzopoulos was involved in painting restoration. In 1910 he was appointed curator and restorer at The National Gallery, Athens. He contributed considerably to its expansion and organisation and he held a position in its Arts Council.

Hatzopoulos praisefully depicted Greek nature, whether he was painting the mountains, the sea, olive groves or emitting a sense of the strong summer heat. His work has a poetic atmosphere expressed through colour and his own take on impressionism.

He is considered one of the leading landscape painters of late 19th / early 20th century. He participated in many prestigious group exhibitions such as the1900 Exposition Internationale Universelle in Paris and the Alexandria Exhibition of 1905.

His work can be found in The National Gallery, Greece, The Municipal Gallery, Athens, The Averoff Gallery, The Benaki Museum and many other public and private collections.