Funerary Composition III - Moralis Yannis

Moralis Yannis (1916 - 2009)

Funerary Composition III, 1958-1963

Oil on canvas, 150 x 150 cm

Donated by the artist

Inv. Number Π.7704
On view Main Building

Funeral Composition III” is yet another of the artist’s imposing funeral compositions. A nude girl, dead or dying, is lying in Danae’s pose, used by Renaissance* artists, such as Tiziano. An angel with black wings is about to cover her with a white sheet-shroud. Here, too, the depthless setting is defined by vertical and horizontal lines. Every element in the composition has been arranged into geometrical shapes. Modelling once again follows the Byzantine manner. A dark foundation layer, lighter skin tones, highlights. Brown, sienna, ochre and white prevail. The classical mood, the emotional distance – that is, the artist not expressing his feelings – monumentality, silence, sober sorrow, a meditation on love and death, all contribute to a true masterpiece.