Artist/Maker: Kostas Kampouropoulos (1939-2018)
Object/Materials and Techniques: Oil on canvas
Date: Painted between 2007-2016
Dimensions: H. 150 cm. x W. 100 cm.
Art style: Romantic elements with surrealistic expressionistic structures/Abstract art
Current Location: Private collection
Curator’s note: This painting is an homage to german and nordic mythology. As a great lover of the Wagnerian opuses, the painter herein depicts the legendary Germanic deity,Wotan, in his chariot, holding his spear and wearing his scandisk helmet; one of the most renowned characters in Richard Wagner’s opera ‘The Ring Nimpeloungk’, in the opera act of which the painter had once participated as a bass singer. An abstract composition with a visual language of shape, form and colour in an attempt to reproduce an illusive mythological scene. Emphasizing on a sky limit sense of movement, the analogies between musical and painterly composition are central in this piece, in an attempt of imitate the climax of the opera act.
[ ‘The Ring Nimpeloungk’ is the title of an epic tetralogy project operas. It consists of the following four operas:
- ‘The Gold of the Rhine‘
- ‘The Valkyrie‘
- ‘Twilight of the Gods‘ . ]