The folk element
The student, however, does not share the melancholic contemplation, the dissolution on life, the love and death that seals the teacher’s painting. His own paganism is inspired by another teacher: Yiannis Tsarouchis. Antiquity, Fayum, Byzantium, Renaissance and folk art find the way to reconcile with Tsarouchi’s painting, catalyzing modern art and its quests. Particular charm was exercised over his work by Henry Matisse. Castles in Tsarouchis paintings are simple, everyday people, studious and young men who are exalted in idols of beauty and love without losing their popularity. This folk element we encounter in the subject of Tsarouchis and later of Fasianos, refined, idealized, equates to my conscience with the recognition of the native language by the writers of the Generation of the 30’s. And as prose writers and poets recognize the unmistakable language of General Speech the “desolate” language of General Makrygiannis, the artists recognize the “naive”, the “amazing barefoot” according to Fassianos, the popular painter Theophilos a “teacher” worthy to inspire them.