"Κάτι το ωραίον", a lovely thing, on the sign of a gift shop in Ayia Marina, Leros. It is painted by Kostas Dekoulis, an artist and craftsman who has studied very closely the works of the legendary folk painter Theofilos. The picture is painted in Theofilos' style.
The exact birthdate of Theophilos is unknown. However, it is believed that he was born between 1867 and 1870 in Vareia (Βαρειά), a village outside of Mytilene (then part of the Ottoman Empire). His father, Gabriil Kefalas, was a shoemaker, while his mother Pinelopi Hatzimihail was a daughter of an iconographer. When he was very young he was mediocre at school, but he had a special interest in painting, having learned the basics from his grandfather.
His life was very hard in part because people made fun of him, since he went around wearing the traditional Greek kilt, the fustanella. At the age of 18 he abandoned his home and family and worked as a gate-keeper (καβάσης, kavasis) at the Greek consulate in Smyrna. There he stayed a few years, before he settled in the city of Volos in about 1897, searching for occasional work and painting in houses and shops of the area. Many of his murals exist today. Most of his years he spent in Pelion. His protector during that period was the landholder Giannis Kontos, for whom he did many works. Today the house of Kontos is the Theophilos Museum. As well as painting, he was also involved in organizing popular theatrical acts for national ceremonies, and in the carnival period he had a major role, sometimes dressing as Alexander the Great, with pupils in macedonian phalanx formation, and sometimes as a hero of the Greek Revolution, with gear and costumes made by himself.
In 1927 he returned to Mytilene. Legend states that he left Volos because of an incident in a kafeneio (coffee shop), when someone played a joke on him in front of others and threw him down from a ladder where he was painting.
In Mytilene, despite the mockery of the people, he continued to draw, painting many murals in villages for little payment, usually for a plate of food and a cup of wine. Many of his works of this period have been lost, either due to natural aging or from damage by the owners.
In Mytilene, the renowned art critic and publisher Stratis Eletheriadis (Tériade), who lived in Paris, discovered Theophilos and brought him a great deal of recognition and also international publicity, though posthumous. With Tériade's funding in 1964 the Museum of Theophilos was constructed in Vareia, Lesbos.
Theophilos died in March 1934, on the eve of the Annunciation, perhaps from food poisoning. One year later, his works were exhibited in the Louvre as a sample of a genuine folk painter of Greece.
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Afsanehbagheri (3206) 2012-06-07 7:08
Beautiful light and high contrast.
Congratulations for sharing.
alpi1500 (1518) 2012-06-07 8:15
Nice POV and good details.I'm sorry because my daily limit is full so ı can't give mark.
bema (26279) 2012-06-07 8:25
Geia sou Ourania,
an very informative story about this painter and his works..
a picture here full of contrast and remarkable colors..
all the best, and enjoy your evening..
ikeharel (52153) 2012-06-07 8:33
Well spotted the sign, and taken it's photo on a close-range.
Unique wooden-painting, reading the note I grasped more knowledge about, as it looks simple and only thereafter it had sensed more to me.
TopGeo (38168) 2012-06-07 9:09
Γειά σου Ουρανία!
Μία φωτό με "κάτι το ωραίον" και μία σημείωση για τον λαικό ζωγράφο Θεόφιλο δίνεις σήμερα! και να μας θυμίζει την αγνότητα! την απλότητα και την παιδικότητα! μίας Μεγάλης φυσιογνωμίας του παρελθόντος που πέρασε και από τα μέρη μας! Νομίζω αξίζει να υπογραμίσουμε ότι με την τέχνη του και την ζωή του μας διδάσκει και σήμερα ακόμη την δύναμη αλλά και το μεγαλείο που έχει το "κάτι ωραίον" που στοιχίζει ένα κομμάτι ψωμί και λίγο κρασί!
Ευχαριστώ για την διανομή αυτής σου της ιδέας!
joso (2417) 2012-06-07 9:25
hi Ourania, kalispera
well presented small detail, excellent note
I saw a similar one many years ago, on Syfnos, at a small taverna in the bay of Vathy
dip (23516) 2012-06-07 10:06
Γεια σου Ουρανία,
δεν είναι μόνο μία πινακίδα,αλλά και ένα ωραίο δείγμα ναϊφ ζωγραφικής,
ωραία φωτογραφία με όμορφα έντονα χρώματα και καλή ευκρίνεια,ενημερωτικό και το σημείωμά σου για τη ζωή του μεγάλου αυτού λαϊκού ζωγράφου,
Miguel82 (20040) 2012-06-07 10:16
A very nice board
beautiful painting of mermaid
Good quality and pov
ciakgiak (30405) 2012-06-07 10:44
bel soggetto, molto interessante, presentato con la consueta bravura ed entusiasmo. Eccellente la qualità e note molto interessanti. Complimenti.
Un caro saluto
aliabazari (11448) 2012-06-07 13:40
Εικόνα ζωγραφική αυτή είναι πολύ όμορφη και υπέροχη. Πολύ καλό κείμενο για το αγαπητό ζωγράφο. Όλα είναι καλά.
baddori (19157) 2012-06-07 23:38
La si trova in molte località portuali europee.
Ma anche sui moli dei porti ...un passatempo dei marinai " pittori" con navi in attesa forzata.
Ma anche diportisti .
Ricorda gli "ex voto" nelle chiese dove si lascia un segno per essere stati salvato dal mare in tempesta.
Ottima foto e nota.
tyro (18556) 2012-06-08 2:25
A very interesting note about Theophilos and a charming photograph to accompany it.
The lighting here has given this painting and its surroundings some wonderfully vibrant colours and the details are superb. Wonderful colours, perfect exposure, good simple composition and exquisite sharpness.
mohammad_H (8736) 2012-06-08 7:21
نقاشی یک هنرمند مشهور.ارج نهادن به تفکر و ایده ان.
موضوع انتخاب شما برای این تصویر بسیار جامع و تاریخی.یعنی احترام به هنرمندان
بکارگیری رنگهای جذاب
وضوح بسیار عالی
روز بر شما خوش
Painting a famous artist. Honoring thought and idea.
The topic of your choice for this very comprehensive historical picture. Means respect for artists
Using attractive colors
Very high resolution
Good day to you
chrisvek (7001) 2012-06-08 7:54
Γειά σου Ουρανία
Πολύ ιδιαίτερη η πινακίδα με όμορφο τίτλο.Και φαντάζομαι οτι θα είναι όνομα και πράμα οι καλλιτεχνίες.Πολύ όμορφα χρώματα και αντιθέσεις.Εξαιρετική δουλειά. Συγχαρητήρια!
Καλό απόγευμα και καλό Σαββατοκύριακο
jlbrthnn (79791) 2012-06-08 8:17
The colors of the sign and photo, are attractive, very harmonious. The note is captivating and useful. A pleasant work, and very good quality. Bravo.
Have a nice day
abmdsudi (39470) 2012-06-08 8:26
Great close up shot, a real eyecatcher indeed and what a wonderful array of colours there. And thks to the infor notes about the famous artist. This shows the different aproach to your interest and It would be very tempting to photograph that fine artwork. Really striking piece and very well taken in excellent composition with incredible texture, well detailed and you have used the light perfectly. A very well seen and timed shot which adds greatly to the overall picture. Great effort.
mesutilgim (79916) 2012-06-08 12:41
What a nice shopsign, what a nice capture.
A perfect TE entry both with good photographic qualifications and many interesting notes.
Most probably it was a former wooden windowcloset turned into a perfect artisanal shopsign !
TFS and have a nice weekend
golus (2893) 2012-06-09 2:43
This is, more than a simple shop sign, extremely beautiful art object, an excellent way of promoting an art shop. An adorable photogenic object with its exceptional style and bold colors. The color of the wall is another zestful aspect of this lovely composition, makes stark contrast to the sign and enhances the overall perceptional quality immensely. I also highly appreciate your elaborate notes on the sad story of Dekoulis which is very helpful to perceive the photo correctly. This is by far one of the most appealing photos that I saw lately, and I don't hesitate to add to my favorites. Thanks for this elegant photo my friend. Have a lovely WE.
delpeoples (52443) 2012-06-10 21:23
La tua nota e' incredibile, grazie tanto, non sapevo del Theophilos. Mi piace molto questo tipo di arte. I colori sono cosi vividi e molto caratteristici. Ottima anche la luce qui che esalta la tessitura e resa cromatica.
Un caro saluto e grazie per la condivisione
maria-v1981 (10773) 2012-06-12 5:39
Φαντασία και δημιουργικότητα αυτό χαρακτηρίζει τους Έλληνες. Πολύ ενδιαφέρον σημείωση. Μια απλή σύνθεση με πολλή όμορφα χρώματα.
elenimavrandoni (14231) 2013-07-26 21:16
Ουρανία, μπράβο στον Κώστα για τήν δουλειά του, μου αρέσει πολύ και όταν πηγαίνω στο Ναύπλιο αγοράζω ζωγραφική στο ξύλο όπως στήν φωτογραφία σου..εχει μεγάλη συλλογή πο καλλιτέχνες απ' όλη τήν Ελλάδα..
πολύ όμορφα χρώατα και πάντα οι ιδέες απο τήν μυθολογία μας η τήν παράδοση μας.
μια πολύ χαρακτηριστική και όμορφη φωτογραφία!
σ'ευχαριστω πού με επισκεπτεσαι και για τα καλά σου λόγια!