EVANTHIA SOUTOGLOU Marianthi 1987 [R/U] - x +
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CN: SouE1987mari

MT: graphite on paper (27x19 / PS:29x21 / FR:53x44x1)

TX: inscribed with pencil at lower right in Greek <Marianthi Mytilini / August '87 / E. Soutoglou>

DN: Mrs. Evanthia Soutoglou - 2007

CM: Evanthia Soutoglou's Marianthi is a sketch in graphite, which represents the face of a friend, and it was the first one in a series of portraits of friends. A special feature of this series is the painter's preference for absolute profile. Soutoglou avoided the en face, which usually embarrasses artist and model alike, and chose spontaneously the profile, which gives one of the face's most eloquent aspects. Every man's profile is unique like a finger-print. While in the case of en face the eye prevails over all other features, in the case profile the point is about the silhouette, which yields amazing anatomical information. Everytime that Soutoglou paints some portrait, she feels like making a momentary psychograph. As she characteristically says: "when I draw a person's profile, it is as if I am learning something about his character". The face of Marianthi was lit by the light of the day in the yard of her family house in Mytilini. The drawing emits certain calmness and meditation. The lines of the pencil reproduce her airy character. Marianthi's hair is intentionally left boundless, so that the beholder may complete the drawing in his imagination.

[Megakles 10/2007]

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