Paris auction marks 200th anniversary of the Greek revolution

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Paris auction marks 200th anniversary of the Greek revolution

A uction house Bonhams is marking the 200th anniversary of the Greek revolution by staging its first-ever specialist Greek sale in Paris.

The event, which takes place in the French capital on Wednesday 19 May, includes a number of works directly associated with the revolution of 1821.

Among them is La Captive by Théodore Ralli (estimated at €300,000-500,000), which depicts a young Greek girl in traditional peasant costume held prisoner in a desecrated church by soldiers of the Ottoman Empire.

Bonhams Greek art specialist Anastasia Orfanidou said: 'Although La Captive was painted in 1885, many years after the event it depicts, the work found a ready audience who recognised Ralli’s ability to capture not only the poignancy of the moment but also the cause of freedom from tyranny everywhere.

'It is a remarkable painting which like other works in the sale inspired by the Greek Revolution, retains its powerful impact. It is particularly fitting that this work leads our first Greek sale in Paris, a city where Ralli enjoyed so much success and esteem.'

To find out more about Théodore Ralli and to view the full catalogue of the sale visit Bonham's website

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