Theodoros Stamos

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Theodoros Stamos
The Beast's Fight
Pastel and black ink on wove paper.
24 x 18 1/2 inches (610 x 470 mm)
Gift from the Savas private collection, courtesy of Georgianna Stamatelos Savas honoring the artist's wishes.
Savas private collection, Georgianna Stamatelos Savas.

An early adherent to Abstract Expressionism, Stamos began his career in the 1940s working alongside fellow New York School painters such as Barnett Newman, Mark Rothko and Adolph Gottlieb. These two drawings are representative of Stamosʼs early work featuring a symbolic vocabulary developed from a variety of sources. The constellation of forms that make up the creature depicted in The Beastʼs Flight for instance, is equally suggestive of archaic hieroglyphs and twentieth-century Surrealist painting. Likewise, the delicate brushwork and interest in the natural world exhibited in Untitled (Bird), an ink drawing that was completed shortly after the artist returned from a European sojourn that brought him into personal contact with Brancusi, Giacometti and Picasso, illustrates Stamosʼs interest in synthesizing elements of Oriental calligraphy with the style of the modern masters.

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