Tobacco Art Masterpiece Returns to Thessaloniki

kalliergeia_kapnou_tassos_01The Cultivation of Tobacco, the monumental artwork created in 1960 by one of the greatest Greek engravers Tassos (Anastasios Alevizos) and his wife, also an engraver, Loukia Maggiorou, is returning to Stavroupouli in Thessaloniki.

The Greek masterpiece shows men and women engaged in the cultivation and processing of tobacco in all its stages.

Last April it was transferred to the National Gallery for maintenance, storage and protection. Having had the maintenance work completed, it will join the collection of the State Museum of Contemporary Art (SMCA.) The artwork will be displayed for approximately one month, in the SMCA, Moni Lazaristes.

Tassos was a distinguished Greek engraver.He was born on March 25, 1914 at Lefkochora of Messinia, Greece. In his youth he attended the painting classes of George Kotsakis. In 1930, at age 16, he was admitted to the Athens School of Fine Arts – ASFA. There he took courses in sculpture and painting workshops of Thomas Thomopoulos, Umberto Argyros and Constantine Parthenis.