Composition - Klouvatos Kostas

Klouvatos Kostas (1923 - 2007)

Composition, [c. 1960]

Iron, 75 x 42 x 20 cm

Donated by the Ministry of National Education and Religious Affairs

Inv. Number Π.2995
On view National Glyptotheque

Centered on the human being, Kostas Klouvatos started out with a realistic but simplified rendering of his figure and then became gradually more non-figurative till he achieved nearly completely abstract shapes. Inspired by the figurines from the geometric period or folk art, he aspires to express everyday human situations, passions, problems and struggles, in the framework of social speculation.

The work exhibited at the National Glyptotheque belongs to a series of compositions from the Sixties which aspire to project the essence of the content, adopting an expressionistic style. This tendency is obvious both in the manner of rendering the figures and in the manipulation of the surface of the material which the sculptor deliberately leaves rough and unworked, so that it creates the impression of rust, giving even greater intensity to his compositions’ content.