ALEKOS FASSIANOS Fruitbowl ca. 1970 - x +

CN: FasA1970bowl

MT: pencil and ink on paper in ornate wooden frame (10x7 / F:23x20x2)

TX: inscribed with pencil at upper left in Greek <A. Fassianos>, with pen at upper right <Picture A'>

PR: Mr. Kimon Friar - 1993

CM: The American College of Greece keeps five sketches by Fassianos from the Kimon Friar Bequest. Despite their miniscule size their author thinks most highly of them. He believes that it is the idea that matters, rather than size. When Fassianos encountered these drawing again in 2005, after the passing of forty years, he became nostalgic, admitting that "each one of them is worth a "great deal" to him. "A small sketch - he says - may be powerful enough to inspire a work many time larger". With great emotion he admitted that these sketches are the sperm for his great works to come.

Fassianos thinks highly of Kimon Friar. He feels deeply indebted to Friar for translating Greek authors and disseminating their works abroad. At the Fine Art School Fassianos was treated with suspicion for frequenting poets and authors. Time however proved his gain to be enormous, for the fact that his work drew inmspiration with roots deep into Greek poetry and literature. Fassianos met Friar early in the 1960s, when the latter was living at Grevena. Fassianos recalls dedicating these sketches to Friar as a token of his great gratitude to him.

[Megakles Rogakos 03/2005]