Modern Greek Painters: Yannis Moralis "Two Friends"
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"Two Friends", 1946
Yannis Moralis (1916-2009) was an important Greek visual artist and part of the so-called "Generation of the 30s" - the most cohesive group ever to appear in Greek. He studied under Konstantinos Parthenis. In 1949 he formed, with other artists including Nikos Hadjikyriakos-Ghikas, Yannis Tsarouchis and Nikos Engonopoulos, the "Armos" art group. From the 1970s, he moved from the realistic depictions of the human form of his earlier works towards a geometric stylisation incorporating curves. Moralis was also involved with creating theatrical set and costume designs for the Greek National Theatre and the Greek National Ballet. He also illustrated some of the most famous works by poets such as Odysseus Elytis and Giorgos Seferis. Moralis further embellished architectural creations such as the façade of the Athens Hilton, the Metro-Station “Panepistimio” and the Athens Central Station.