CM: This picture is attributed to Theodoros Stamos on account of its provenance in the Takis Efstathiou Collection. As a self portrait of Stamos this drawing dates from the early 1960s, when the artist was in his fourties. The hairline, forehead and eyes evoke the appearance Stamos, as known from photographs at the time; with a rich moustach and hair that was dark but giving way to the forehead. His gaze has the intensity of a great and thoroughly observant artist. The hunch of his back in the background shows him, as he was known to be; like a wild animal in constant alert.
Stamos was a second generation Abstract Expressionist. Throughout his career he liked to work on paper. He was also very facile with the graphite. Stamos liked the tactile quality of surfaces, as this drawing demonstrates. The picture's dramatic chiaroscuro was inspired by the strong light and shadows on his native Lefkada Island.