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Studio: international art — 27.1903

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Nicolas Gysis

With the exception of the two landscapes by
Dinneberg there is nothing nearly so fine in the
stained glass exhibits as the work shown at
Karlsruhe last year, but to make up for this
there are some extremely good textile fabrics,
and it is to be regretted that Frau Wille and
Frau Oppler did not send more of their beautiful
work.

To sum up, Germany is taking a very important
place in the modern art movement, though so
far her actual position cannot be very distinctly
defined. She is to a great extent under the in-
fluence of Olbrich which checks her instinctive
leaning towards naturalism ; and whilst awaiting
further developments, wre congratulate her on
the position she has taken in the first Inter-
national Exhibition of Decorative Art.

AGREEK PAINTER: NICOLAS
GYSIS. BY DEMETRIUS
CACLAMANOS.

Nicolas Gysis, who died a short time ago at
Munich, was a painter of Greek nationality. He

was essentially Hellenic in intuition andjui inspira-
tion, but he lived very little in his native land, and
Greece possesses but few of his works, and those
few by no means the most characteristic. Gysis
lived for many years at Munich, and was, indeed,
a professor in the Academy of Art of that city. He
belonged to no special school, nor can he be said
to have founded a new one, for he had the very
greatest horror of anything approaching to limita-
tions of any kind—to the formation of art groups
or art associations. He loved his own indepen-
dence, and, what is far more rare, he respected that
of others.

If I say that Gysis was an artist profoundly
imbued with the Greek spirit, I do not merely
repeat a conventional phrase which has become
all too hackneyed. Intuitively did Gysis, the
son of a simple carpenter of Tinis, an islet of
the Cyclades, or Greek Archipelago, where he was
born in 1842, imbibe the lessons taught by certain
mystic harmonies, which were his only education
—received, indeed, as unconsciously as it was
given. When at early dawn the gleaming sun
rays gilded the jagged coast-line of Greece, or at
eventide the dying rays touched with transient

SCENES FROM THE GREEK WARS OF INDEPENDENCE"

BY NICOLAS GYSIS
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