200 YEARS GREEKS AND INNOVATION
1927

Georgios Bouzianis exhibits his art at the Pinakothek of the city of Kemnitz in Germany

"I do not paint to make pictures, but because I cannot do anything else but paint…" said Bouzianis (1885-1959) at an interview for the magazine "The Artist" in 1912. The painter concluded his studies in Athens and settled in Munich, where he associated with the artists of the Vienna Secession. However, the pivotal point in his career was his acquaintance with Heinrich Barchfeld, a gallery owner in Leipzig. Thanks to Barchfeld, in 1921, Bouzianis opened his first solo exhibition at the Pinakothek of Kemnitz in Saxony, and many of his paintings were bought by the Museum of Leipzig. In 1937, many of Bouzianis' paintings at the Museums of Leipzig and Kemintz were confiscated by the Nazi during the purge against "degenerate art."

Bouzianis had already returned to Greece in November 1934 where he was promised the position of professor at the School of Fine Arts. Bouzianis' return to Greece's unsophisticated and limited artistic environment imposed on him a peculiar isolation from the rich stimuli of Europe. However, with his first exhibition at "Parnassos," he became established as one of the most influential painters of the time.