Female figure with necklace
1932 | oil on hardboard
82 x 66 cm

The oil painting Female figure with necklace is a typical example of Gounaropoulos’s mature style. The female figure emerges from the fluid colour of an imaginary seaside landscape. Ethereal and idealized, she is wearing the sea’s pearly treasure over her rose-shaped breasts. At the same time, she seems to be relinquishing the reality implied by the low-rise houses on the left in favor of the world of journey and adventure promised by the ship in the open sea. A journey that, in the artist’s view, is not only geographical but also and more importantly spiritual and existential.