Vase with flowers in rocks
1973 | oil on hardboard
82 x 66 cm

The theme of flower painting, linked in European tradition with concepts of ephemerality and vanity, poses yet another opportunity for the artist to depict the generative forces of life. His vases, usually anthropomorphic, echo the curved shape of the female torso and float in a vibrating, imaginary space. Although the choice of flower is different each time, the way in which the artist combines them with light and space, allows them to move and breathe.

In paintings such as the Vase with flowers in rocks, one can see Gounaropoulos’s view on the essence of painting:

“I enfold my painting in a translucent sphere so that the viewer may get a better feel of the cosmic origin of the very essence of painting.”