Fruit Store “Apollo” - Hatzikyriakos-Ghika Nikos

Hatzikyriakos-Ghika Nikos (1906 - 1994)

Fruit Store “Apollo”, 1939

Oil on canvas, 55 x 46 cm

Donated by the artist

Inv. Number Π.7317
On view Main Building

Apollon Grocery Store” helps us understand Ghika’s post-cubist idiom. Carefully reading the painting, one realises that it depicts recognizable objects: a store, its name indicated by a sign. Underneath a white awning are seen the facade and the door. Fruit boxes are arrayed in front; there are various vegetables and plants. So, what is new about this painting? Well, that the artist fragments, refracts the surface — as if we were looking at a grocery store through the pieces of a broken mirror — and depicts a different subject in each piece, in a simple, decorative fashion. The painting thus becomes rather like a puzzle. Chatzikyriakos-Ghika loves vivid colours and multiform shapes, and, accordingly, his paintings convey an effect of elan vital and optimism.