NICOS ZOGRAPHOS Oval Bust Portrait of Hélene Levides (1896-1983) 1925 Athens - x +
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CN: ZogN1925levi

MT: oval sepia print on paper (14x10 / P:27x20)

TX: inscribed with fountain-pen at lower center of print in French <Hélene / 1925>, signed with pencil at lower right <NZographos>

DN: Ms. Lydia Vassiliades - 2006

CM: Hélene Levides was daughter of Ambassador George D. Levides (1857-1933) and Calliope Trapantzali (ca. 1870-1958). She became wife of Minister Gerassimos B. Vassiliades. Her great love for literature turned Hélene to a multi-linguist. Here she inscribed her name in French as 'Hélene'.

The Oval Portrait of Hélene Levides (1896-1983) of 1925 is one of few instances of Zographos' sepia prints untouched by painting or drawing. Hélene is portrayed seated against a light draped background, displaying her side and gently turning her head towards the viewer. She wears a sleeveless white pleated silk dress adorned by a flower on the shoulder, and a long matching scarf falling on her back from around her neck. The subject is thoughtfully composed within the perimeters of the oval frame.

[Megakles Rogakos 08/2006]

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