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Mario Prassinos

France Born in: 1916
Mario Prassinos (July 30, 1916 - October 23, 1985) is a French non-figurative painter of Greek origin from the new School of Paris. Mario Prassinos was born in 1916, July 30 according to the Greek Orthodox calendar or August 12 according to the Gregorian calendar, into a Greek family established for many generations in Constantinople. In 1922, the Greeks in Turkey left the country to flee persecution and his family moved to France. Mario Prassinos attended the Puteaux school and then lived in Nanterre (until 1936). He continued his studies at the Lycée Condorcet and the School of Oriental Languages. He goes backstage at the Théâtre de l'Atelier (Charles Dullin), which gives him a taste for theater. In 1934, his sister Gisèle Prassinos, born in 1920, wrote her first texts for the magazine "Minotaure". He then met, at Man Ray's, the surrealist poets, André Breton, Paul Éluard, René Char and Benjamin Péret, then the painters Max Ernst, Salvador Dalí, Hans Arp and Marcel Duchamp. He made some drawings and frontispieces for the publisher Guy Lévis-Mano. Mario Prassinos created his first costumes in 1947 for a play by Paul Claudel produced by Jean Vilar (first Avignon Festival). He binds with the painter Alberto Magnelli and meets Myriam Prévot, future director with Gildo Caputo of the Galerie de France where he exhibits regularly thereafter. In 1949 he received French naturalization. His series of Herds makes him approach a less figurative painting. From 1951 he produced his first tapestries, exhibited in 1956 by the Galerie La abode, and sets and costumes for Macbeth, which Vilar produced in Avignon and, in Paris, at the TNP. In 1958, after a cruise with Albert Camus and Michel Gallimard, he made a long stay in the island of Spetses, Greece, which was the source of a renewal of his painting. Max-Pol Fouchet devotes a television film to him. From 1959 to 1964, Prassinos continued to create sets and costumes for Jean Vilar. New themes subsequently appeared in his painting: portraits of Bessie Smith (1962-1964) or of her grandfather Prétextat (1963-1970), new drawings after the Alpilles (1952-1977), hills that face at his house in Eygalières, the Shrouds (1974-1975), inspired by the Shroud of Turin, the Turkish Landscapes (1969-1981), exhibited at the Grand-Palais in Paris in 1980 and the Trees (1980-1985). Lucien Clergue made a film in 1969 on his work (text by Jean Lescure). Mario Prassinos wrote Les Prétextats, a reflection on the Prétextats series, then, from 1976, in the form of an autobiography, La Colline tatouée. In 1985, Prassinos worked on the eleven Paintings of Torment that he painted to decorate the Notre-Dame de Pitié chapel in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence1. This is where the donation of 108 works he made to the French State in 1985 is exhibited. Mario Prassinos died in Avignon on October 23, 1985.
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Mario Prassinos, Cubism, Painting

Mario Prassinos

Cubism, 1947
26 x 20.3 inch
Painting

$ 4,428

Mario Prassinos, Vagues, Print

Mario Prassinos

Vagues, 1968
22 x 29.9 inch
Print

$ 759

Mario Prassinos, Composition 2, Print

Mario Prassinos

Composition 2, 1968
19.7 x 26 inch
Print

$ 506

Mario Prassinos, Les Alpilles II, Print

Mario Prassinos

Les Alpilles II, 1968
17.9 x 24 inch
Print

$ 316

Mario Prassinos, Sans titre, Print

Mario Prassinos

Sans titre, 1968
29.9 x 22 inch
Print

$ 759

Mario Prassinos, La nuit de l'eau, Print

Mario Prassinos

La nuit de l'eau, 1964
29.9 x 22 inch
Print

$ 759

Mario Prassinos, Nuit Marine, Print

Mario Prassinos

Nuit Marine, 1972
29.9 x 22 inch
Print

$ 759

Mario Prassinos, La vague, Print

Mario Prassinos

La vague, 1964
22 x 29.9 inch
Print

$ 759

Mario Prassinos, Elga, Print

Mario Prassinos

Elga, 1973
19.7 x 25.6 inch
Print

$ 759

Mario Prassinos, Alpille rouge, Print

Mario Prassinos

Alpille rouge, 1978
22 x 29.9 inch
Print

$ 759

Mario Prassinos, Calan, Print

Mario Prassinos

Calan, 1975
21.3 x 35.4 inch
Print

$ 759

Mario Prassinos, L'arbre, Print

Mario Prassinos

L'arbre, 1962
29.9 x 22 inch
Print

$ 759

Mario Prassinos, Jardin la nuit, Print

Mario Prassinos

Jardin la nuit, 1969
29.9 x 22 inch
Print

$ 759

Mario Prassinos, Jardin couchant, Print

Mario Prassinos

Jardin couchant, 1969
22 x 29.9 inch
Print

$ 759

Mario Prassinos, Soleil Agate, Print

Mario Prassinos

Soleil Agate, 1972
29.9 x 22 inch
Print

$ 759

Mario Prassinos, Bouquet, Print

Mario Prassinos

Bouquet, 1964
29.9 x 22 inch
Print

$ 759

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