Greek artist Spyros Vassiliou painted "A Long Walk" on canvas using egg yolk and various colors of tempura mixed together. The painting depicts Athens, Greece as seen from the Mediterranean Sea, showing the mountains and clouds above. In the sky is a large frame in gold leaf showing people walking as if to heaven. Spyros painted a characiture of himself painting at an easel in the bottom right hand corner of the gold frame. There is also gold leaf painted on the bottom of the picture in the water and sand areas. It has stamps on the back showing it was hung at one time in a museum as well as the duty stamp from when the original American owner brought it back to the US through customs.
The original owner worked for Union Carbide in the early 1960s and was stationed in Greece to establish business relationships for the purchase of oil from Saudi Arabia. The bought several of Vassiliou's paintings while there. They passed away and I purchased this painting at an estate sale in Pinetop-Lakeside, Arizona. I live nearby in Show Low, AZ.
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The presented object appears to be a large-sized painting made in tempera colors on canvas with unknown measurements. The painting depicts a surrealistic motif and is signed by Spyros VASSILIOU (1902-1985) and dated 1961. This Greek artist mainly depicted surrealistic and abstract motifs and was most active between the 1960s and the 1980s.
Artworks of this artist were recently offered and sold especially on the Greek and British auction market.
This piece is in good condition and there are no serious damages visible.
An estimation would be between 6.000 to 12.000 USD.
This estimation is based on actual recent past recorded auction sales of comparables. Retail "asking prices" can be higher and vary.
An artwork of such high potential value requires further authentication research. This estimate is provided on the condition of authenticity.
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