ALEKOS FASSIANOS Study 1978 [R] Watering Can 1978 [gouache on paper (66x55)] [F] - x +

CN: FasA1978wate

MT: pencil on paper in ornate wooden frame (10x10 / F:23x23x2)

PR: Mr. Kimon Friar - 1993

LC: ACG Art Storage #1

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 made Study for Watering Can in 1978 after a still-life that remains unforgettable to him to the present day. The picture is composed of a watering can in which are planted a couple of flowers, a pair of glasses and an apple on the ledge of a window opening to the sky over a cityscape. This study led in the same year to Watering Can, a beautiful gouache painting on paper (herewith illustrated).

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]

CATALOG Modern Greek Art 2002 Petros Vergos Auctions, #14/11/2002, p.73