Chronis Botsoglou

A tribute

By The Sotiris Felios Collection

Chronis Botsoglou: A tribute presents a specific artistic period of artist Chronis Botsoglou that came to be known as "References" (2007-2009), as well as a trailer of the newly launched documentary by filmmaker Freddy Vianellis "Chronis Botsoglou".

References (2002-2009) correspond to a specific artistic period of painter Chronis Botsoglou, during which he created more than 75 oil paintings, watercolours, sculptural objects, and drawings, depicting “imaginary” portraits of five leading artists of the previous century: Francis Bacon, Vincent Van Gogh, Alberto Giacometti, Giorgos Bouzanis and Yannoulis Chalepas.

Botsoglou usually presents his works in thematic units large or small, sometimes following one upon the other and seem to be illustrating the developmental stages of his artistic quests, and at others are worked in parallel and developed more independently.

This presentation centres on seven portraits from these series that are part of The Sotiris Felios Collection.

The Sculptor Alberto Giacometti (2003) by Chronis BotsoglouThe Sotiris Felios Collection

Chronis Botsoglou

The Sculptor Alberto Giacometti
2003

Through these series of artworks Botsoglou is making a tribute to the great masters, who he deeply admired and who have shaped his artistic awareness.

He is seeking an intellectual and spiritual dialogue with them, through the process of painting.

The Sculptor Alberto Giacometti (2003) by Chronis BotsoglouThe Sotiris Felios Collection

Chronis Botsoglou

The Sculptor Alberto Giacometti
2003

The Sculptor Alberto Giacometti (2004) by Chronis BotsoglouThe Sotiris Felios Collection

Chronis Botsoglou

The Sculptor Alberto Giacometti
2004

The artists to whom I am referring have thrilled me with their work. Or, better still, I have been touched by the content of their work, as a life stance and reflection, as a relationship for life and spiritual substance.

Chronis Botsoglou

The Painter Francis Bacon (2005) by Chronis BotsoglouThe Sotiris Felios Collection

Chronis Botsoglou

The Painter Francis Bacon
2005

He paints the artists as he imagines them being during their creation process, depicting their face, body posture and expression.

He sees these series as the “closing of a biological cycle”, as if the old masters left their work tools for the next generation to pick up on. 

Could they be considered as the judgment committee that I have chosen to judge my work and life?

Chronis Botsoglou

The Painter Giorgos Bouzianis (2007) by Chronis BotsoglouThe Sotiris Felios Collection

Chronis Botsoglou

The Painter Giorgos Bouzianis 
2007

The Painter Vincent Van Gogh (2005) by Chronis BotsoglouThe Sotiris Felios Collection

Chronis Botsoglou

The Painter Vincent Van Gogh
2005

The Painter Vincent Van Gogh (2003) by Chronis BotsoglouThe Sotiris Felios Collection

Chronis Botsoglou

The Painter Vincent Van Gogh
2003

The people depicted in the paintings were painted in the absence of a model, something that differentiats them from regular portraits that presuppose direct observation of a live model. 

The absence of a model intensifies the complex game of identities, a very old element in human-centred art, especially portraiture.

When the person depicted has departed this life, his or her image as a rule contains an allusion to the artist’s past (or present), his memories and origins, his personality and the features of his own identity concealed in the identity of his models. 

Chronis Botsoglou: A painter and a drawing… a film maker and a documentary (trailer)

Directed by filmmaker Freddy Vianellis, this newly launched documentary depicts Chronis Botsoglou's artistic path through lost recordings, readings of his personal notes, as well as a long discussion with the painter's wife & muse, Eleni. The documentary also shows footage from discussions between Botsoglou and his contemporaries, such as Yiannis Psychopaidis and Makis Theofylaktopoulos, as well as from exhibitions organised by “The other Arcadia” Foundation in Rome and Venice.

Chronis Botsoglou (b. 1941). He studied at Athens School of Fine Arts (1960-1965) under the artist Yannis Moralis. In 1970 he continued his studies at the Parisian École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts. In 1989 he was elected Professor of Painting at A.S.F.A., and in 2001 Dean of the University. He has been associated with various political artist groups, and also published a number of books, and a poetry collection. He lives and works in Athens.

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Art Direction
Daphne Politi

Cover image
Chronis Botsoglou, The Sculptor Alberto Giacometti, 2003, oil on canvas, 199 x 98.5 cm

Texts
The texts accompanying each image have been previously featured in catalogues of the collection or essays found in felioscollection.gr.

Bibliography
Chronis Botsoglou, To Chroma tis Spoudis, Patakis Publications, Athens 2005
Chronis Botsoglou: A Retrospective, Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Tourism, National Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST), Athens, 2010
Martha-Elli Christofoglou, The Perspective of Time – Pictorial Histories: Paintings from the Sotiris Felios Collection”, Benaki Museum – Pireos 138, Athens, 2009

Photographs of the artworks
Studio Vaharidis

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