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ANTONIS KANAS (Ottoman Empire, Smyrna 1915-1995 / act: Athens)

Antonis Kanas Antonis Kanas was born in 1915 in Smyrna during the Ottoman Empire. He graduated from the Athens School of Fine Arts in 1948, having studied painting with Umbertos Argyros and Epaminondas Thomopoulos, and engraving with Yiannis Kefallinos. During the Nazi occupation he took active part in the National Resistance, and was stigmatised for his paintings that he exhibited at the Professional Exhibition of 1943. His favourite themes are seascapes, ships, battles, and views of ports. Where his seascapes are characterized by an impressionist tendency, his ships are noted for their high level of exactness. He exhibited his paintings in a great number of personal shows (at Parnassus in 1946, 1949, 1950, 1956, 1963, 1974, at Kentrikon in 1952, and at Panhellenic in 1948, 1952, 1957, 1960, 1967, 1971, 1973, 1975). Works by Kanas are kept at the Averof Gallery, at the Katsigras Collection, at the Commercial Chamber of Piraeus, at O.L.P. (Piraeus Port Authority), at the Greek Ministries of Defence and Education, and at the Naval Headquarters in Athens.

[Megakles Rogakos 12/2004]

BIBLIOGRAPHY:
GARIDES, M. Erga Antoni Kana (Works of Antonis Kanas) Avge, 19/12/1956
ANONYMOUS Contemporary Art Ora 1970, p.95
LYDAKIS, STELIOS 1972 p.242
LYDAKIS, STELIOS Painting 1976, p.166>
LYDAKIS, STELIOS Lexiko (Dictionary) 1976
THEOFANOUS 1985 p.88
KODOURIDIS 1991 p.127
PAPASTAMOS 1991 p.115-117, 159
VLACHOS Thalassografia (Seascape) 1993 p.302, 331, 332

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