A sale encompassing the past 200 years of Greek art will be offered at Bonhams New Bond Street on May 2.
Comprising 113 lots, the sale is described by the auction house as tracing the “quest for Greekness” in the nation’s art. Among the highlights is Young Man from Piraeus (above), an early work by one of the major figures of the ‘30s Generation of artists, Yiannis Tsarouchis (1910-89).
Painted in 1939, the 2ft 1in x 21in (65 x 53cm) oil on canvas depicts Greekness in the form of one of Tsarouchis’ signature male subjects: a working-class young man from the artist’s native port town of Piraeus. Acquired direct from the artist and in private hands ever since, it is estimated at £50,000-70,000.