Yannis Moralis (1916-2009)

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA) Yiannis Moralis, 93, an important visual artist and part of the so-called “Generation of the 30s” –the most cohesive group ever to appear in Greek art- passed away yesterday. From the age of 15 he studied at the Athens School of Fine Arts under Constantinos Parthenis, the ‘patriarch of Greece’s school of painting.’ In 1936 he received a grant to study for a year in Rome, after which he moved to Paris to study fresco and mural work.

From 1947 Moralis taught at the Athens School of Fine Arts until his retirement in 1983.

In 1949 he formed, with other artists including Nikos Hadjikyriakos-Ghikas, Yannis Tsarouchis, Nikos Nikolaou, Nikos Engonopoulos and Panayiotis Tetsis, the “Armos” art group.

Over the years, Moralis left his mark on some of the most famous theatre performances, decorating theatrical sets and designing costumes for the Greek National Theatre.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” (Untitled) and the Athens Central Station. Some of Moralis’ most famous works include: Two Friends (1946), Pregnant Woman (1948), Seated Nude (1952), Erotiko (1990)
National Gallery: The Life & Work of Yannis Moralis & Paleta: Yannis Moralis- Works
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