Artist/Maker: Kostas Kampouropoulos (1939-2018)
Object/Materials and Techniques: Oil on canvas
Date: Painted between 2007-2016
Dimensions: H. 100 cm. x W. 70 cm.
Art style: Portraiture/Romantic elements with surrealistic expressionistic structures/Abstract art
Current Location: Private collection
Curator’s note: An imaginary portrait of a boy, cuddling a female Molossus dog. Influenced by the techniques and the style of the artists of the 19th century, the painter dives into the emotional bondage between a teenager and his dog. In the art movement of Romanticism, which flourished in the 19thcentury, portraits, instead of being a pictorial representation of the person as they look, allowed the viewer to see past the obvious; to see the inner soul, the emotions and the personality of the portrayed ‘subjects’. Likewise, in the painting herein, the face is showing the emotion behind the young boy, while from its expression it seems as though he is confident about himself and his aristocratic origin. He has a strong bondage with his lovely Molossus dog and wants the viewer to know that.
Furthermore, what is most notable is the softness of this painting which with the absence of strict lines and the dark, moody, melodramatic colours, create a somber atmosphere and add to the introspection of the portrayed young boy. The contrast by the white pattern of the dog, in addition with his hugging pose, aim to emphasize on the faithfulness to his master and vice-versa.