CM: Konstantinos Bobos' Sailor belongs to a series of frontal figures sitting on a swing - a favorite motif for the artist. The painting's foreground presents the face of the sailor. In the background's distance appears the lower part of a naked bather about to enter the sea. The sailor looks face on outwards, while his imagination obviously focuses on the woman. The juxtaposition between sailor and bather brings to mind the stereotypical differences between Hermes and Aphrodite - the former always in readiness, dressed and on the move, the latter carefree, naked but never fully, and always in realation to the aquatic element.
The sailor's ironed uniforms with its characteristics paraphernalia symbolizes an admitance of discipline. The sea is a little rough with waves, in keeping with Bobos' memory of the Aegean Sea. It seems that the wrinkled sea is complimented by the tranquility of the earth's carpet of flowers. As a matter of fact the chamomile exudes a sense of spring's freedom and an air of positiveness in general. As usual, Bobos selects a range of gray colors, which herewith includes a clear blue. He prefers an economy of color in order to undermine naturalism and to express the scene's drama.
There are many levels of readings and meanings with which Bobos endowed his Sailor. Most important of all perhaps is his subconscious intention for his Sailor to enter a 'dialogue' with those painted by the teacher par excellence Yannis Tsarouchis (1910-1989). It is also interesting to note this artwork's autobiographical nature, because - having served the Hellenic Navy - Bobos created the Sailor as an expression of nostalgia for the period of his service.
[Megakles Rogakos 10/2007]
ROGAKOS, MEGAKLES Silent Dialogues: Multimedia Portraits throughout Time 2008 The American College of Greece - ACG Art, Athens