Greek, 1887-1974

Portrait of Nikolaos Lytras
pastel on paper

signed lower left
48 x 33 cm


private collection, Athens


The Portraiture in Painting, Alex C. Marathianakis Collection, Adam Editions, Athens, 2005, p. 40, no 16 (illustrated)

1 500 / 1 800 €

Othon Pervolarakis was born in Athens in 1887 and was a nephew of Nikolaos Gyzis.


He enrolled at the School of Fine Arts, where he studied painting, from 1898 till 1903/1904 under Nikiforos Lytras, Constantinos Volanakis, Georgios Roilos, and Dimitrios Geraniotis.


Between 1910 and 1915, he continued his studies in Paris at the Academie Julian in the workshop of J. P. Laurens and parallel he specialised in lithography at the École des Beaux-Arts under J. Mauru.


In 1917, together with Constantinos Parthenis, Konstantinos Maleas, Nikolaos Lytras and Nikolaos Othoneos, among others, was a founding member of the avant-garde, art groupΟμάδα Τέχνης’ that introduced the international contemporary art movements to Greece.


His work was greatly influenced by impressionism, his subject matter being landscape, still life and portraiture. His portraits are influenced by Art Nouveau whereas his landscapes are executed in wide, flowing, thick brushstrokes and rich colours.


Additionally, Pervolarakis is considered one of the first and most important colour lithographers in commercial poster design. His designs influenced from the Parisian equivalent of the time, have a cosmopolitan feel and an ‘effortless’ colour coordinated harmony.


He held many solo exhibitions in Athens and participated in several prestigious group exhibitions such as the 1911 Exposition de la Societe des Artistes Francais in Paris, the 1917 and 1919 ‘Ομάς Τέχνης’ exhibition, the 1929 ‘La Boetie’ in Paris and the 1947 Grekisk Konst, Konstakademien in Stockholm.


His work is found in the National Gallery of Greece, the Municipal Gallery of Athens, the Municipal Gallery of Rhodes, the Averoff Gallery, the National Bank of Greece collection and many public and private collections.