On the occasion of March 25th, the brilliant calendar date of the Hellenic National Independence, |’n Art| brings into focus Kostas Kampouropoulos’ work, commemorative to the Hellenic War of Independence against the Ottomans (1821-1830) which he bridges gently with the coinciding celebration of the religious feast of The Annunciation.
Kostas Kampouropoulos (1939-2018)
painted in 2010 approx.
oil on canvas
100 x 120 cm.
Through the powerful allegorical personification of Hellas with the meritorious status of young Virgin Mary in the middle, Kostas Kampouropoulos addresses the dual symbolic character -historical and religious- of March 25th central to his painting.
The young age of Virgin Mary heightens the symbolic potential of the newly, back then, established Hellenic State which, despite its small size, rebelled, became fully independent and gained global recognition.
Hellenic patriots, being on the defensive, surround her, compared to the angels, archangels and saints that usually accompany Virgin Mary, according to Marian iconography and imagery.
Kostas Kampouropoulos, combines masterfully:
▶️ the liberation/rebirth of the Nation
▶️ the announcement of the coming of Christ for the salvation of the world
▶️ the regeneration of nature that takes place along with the simultaneous outset of spring
All in an overall light blue composition that absorbs colour from its central primal figure that reflects it.
Greatly influenced by the history paintings of Francisco Goya whom Kostas Kampouropoulos has deeply studied.
K𝐨𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐬 K𝐚𝐦𝐩𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐨𝐩𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐨𝐬 (1939-2018) 𝐢𝐬 𝐚 𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐲 𝐢𝐦𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐚𝐧 Hellenic 𝐩𝐨𝐬𝐭-𝐰𝐚𝐫 #𝐞𝐱𝐩𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐢𝐬𝐭 𝐩𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐚𝐧𝐞𝐱𝐜𝐞𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐦𝐮𝐥𝐭𝐢-𝐭𝐚𝐥𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐟𝐢𝐠𝐮𝐫𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐚𝐠𝐞𝐬.