NIKOS VELMOS Stage Design #02: Animals: Sheep, Bird and Donkey ca. 1927 Athens - x +
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CN: VelN1927sd02

MT: graphite on paper (13x21)

TX: inscribed with pencil at upper right in Greek <Sheep / Bird / Donkey>

PR: Nikos Velmos Collection, Athens

DN: Mr. Takis Efstathiou - 2006

CM: This is one of Velmos most decorous pictures. Composed symmetrically, it seems to represent a scroll, whose center is dominated by a tree, emerging from a man buried under the ground, and crowned by a bird. On either side the earth slopes down, animals making their way up; a donkey on the left and a sheep on the right. Further towards either end of the scroll, is a cypress, under whose ground two further animals are buried; what seems to be a rat on the left and a lizard on the right. The entire work is executed with a high feel for ornamentation and stylization. The picture is inscribed "Sheep, Bird, Donkey" but its idea may go beunond mere description to suggest a pyramid of power; nature and animals presiding over - if not suppressing - mankind.

[Megakles Rogakos 08/2006]

BIBLIOGRAPHY:
VELMOS, NIKOS The Frangelio Issued by Velmos 1926-1929 Athens [Greek]
LOGOTHETIS, NIKOS Nikos Velmos (1890-1930) 2006 Athens [Greek]

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