Greek, 1849-1884

Still life with grapes
oil on canvas

50 x 70 cm


Elpis Pantazis, the artists sister, thence by descent to the previous owner
The Greek Sale, Sotheby’s, London, 12 may 2005, lot 37
private collection, London


The Greek Sale, 12 may 2005, Sotheby’s, London, Lot 37, illustrated

10 000 / 15 000 €

Pantazis was born in Athens in 1849 and studied at The School of Fine Art, Athens under Nikiforos Lytras, between 1866 and 1971.

He continued his studies for one year at the Munich Academy of Fine Art and moved to Marseille to be taught by Gustave Courbet and Antoine Chintreuil.

In 1873 Pantazis moved to Brussels where he became a member of an anti-academic artistic group called Circle de la pâte (the circle of colour), and a member of Les XX.

In 1878 he represented Greece at The International Art Biennale of Paris. He died in Brussels before he turned thirty-five from chronic tuberculosis.

His works can be found in many notable private and public collections such as: The Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Antwerp, Royal Museum of Fine Arts of Belgium, Brussels, Sint-Niklaas, Stedelijk Museum, The National Gallery, Athens and The Leventis Gallery, Nicosia.

Pantazis is well known for his superb oils. Still life with grapes is a fine example of Pantazis work and belonged to his sister.