front: Spoudi sto aspro & reverse: I Protoplasti
oil on canvas
bears the artist’s studio stamp, 1932
painted on both sides
81 x 64 cm
collection of the artist’s estate, Thessaloniki
‘Exposition Pol. Rengos / peinture – gravure’ at the artist’s Atelier, 41 Bd. St. Jacques, Paris, 20 May to 20 June 1933
‘Polycleitos Rengos, Oeuvre francais’ at the Institut francais de Thessalonique – 4 November to 21 November 1986
Included in “ΠΟΛΥΚΛΕΙΤΟΣ ΡΕΓΚΟΣ” Double edition published by Ianos 2016 – double spread coloured photograph of the work ‘Study in white’ on page 169. This particular painting is reviewed by Katerina Perpinioti-Agazir on page 47.
It is also the subject of a story (in Rengos’ memoirs on page 120) about the hard times he and his wife had in Paris. He recalls his wife being hungry and wanting to eat the loaf of bread pictured in the painting, but Rengos not allowing her to do so until he finished the painting.