GALANIS, Demetrius

Demetrius Galanis   Greek, 1882-1966

Demetrius Galanis, a wood engraver and graphic artist, who was Greek.  Galanis came to Paris in 1900 having won the first prize in a drawing competition of an all-expenses–paid month in the city-he stayed for the rest of his life. He studied at the Ecole des Beaux Arts and became one of the avant–garde group of artists based at Montparnasse who included Derain, Picasso and the writers Moreas, Jarry, Salmon, Apollinaire and others. At the outbreak of the First World War he joined the French Foreign Legion. It was after the war that he finally became a French citizen. Galanis was using wood engraving as an art form from 1916 and greatly influenced the visiting artists from England who went on to revitalise the art of wood engraving in Britain in the twenties. In 1920 he participated in a show with Matisse, Vlaminck and Braques. In 1921 he exhibited at a show with Juan Gris, Raoul Dufy, Marc Chagall and Picasso. He had a solo show in 1922 where Malraux compared his work with Giotto. He later became a professor at the Ecole des Beaux Art, illustrated books and did work for magazines throughout his life.

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