The Greek Sale, 24 May 2005, Bonhams, London, lot 27 (b)
private collection, Athens
2 400 / 3 500 €
Vassilis Ithakissios studied at The School of Fine Arts, Athens from 1896 till 1899. He studied painting under Nikiforos Lytras and Georgios Roilos.
He later continued his studies in Antwerp and in 1901 moved to Smyrna where he worked successfully until the fall of the city in 1922.
After briefly living in Athens he then became a recluse, living in a cave on Mount Olympus for twenty years. After which he returned to Athens.
His great love of nature drove him to travel and explore rural Greece. His work, like that of his peers, is defined by academism, whilst also sensitively depicting atmospheric variations, creating a poetic feeling.
His work is found in many public and private collections, notably: The National Gallery, Athens, The Athens Municipal Gallery, The Leventis Gallery, Nicosia, The Averoff Gallery, The Koutlides Collection and The National Bank of Greece collection.