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‘Synthesis: Theodore Ralli, a cosmopolitan Orientalist’

Theodore Ralli (1852-1909) is the most famous Greek painter of the 19th century who settled, studied and worked in Paris. He had an international exhibition activity and a constant presence in the official Paris Salon; he also maintained a studio in Cairo and he travelled regularly to Greece and the East, from where he mostly drew his alluring imagery. A student of Jean-Léon Gérôme, Ralli’s oeuvre proposes a synthesis of the glance at Greece and the East, of his experiences and ties with these places, as well as of the Western perspective.

Maria Katsanaki is a prominent art historian, curator of the 19th-century Greek painting collection of the National Gallery, Museum, Athens. Her recent monograph on Theodore Ralli (based on her PhD thesis for the Université Paris I – Panthéon-Sorbonne) is the first comprehensive publication on the artist, which was made possible through the support of the A. G. Leventis Foundation and the A. G. Leventis Gallery.

The Lykeion Hellenidon London Calendar for 2019, prepared in collaboration with the A. G. Leventis Gallery, is dedicated to this great artist.

Organised by the A.G. Leventis Gallery and Lykion ton Hellinidon.

Supported by the Hellenic Centre.