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Georgios Jakobides

 (1853 - 1932)
Georgios Jakobides was active/lived in Greece.  Georgios Jakobides is known for Genre and still life painting.

Georgios Jakobides

Biography from Psatharis Auctions

George Iakovidis was born in 1853 in Chydira of Lesbos.  At age 13, he went to Smyrna, to live with his uncle, a practical architect, and studied at the Evangelical School while working. 

From early on, he showed interest in art and especially woodcarving.  In 1868, he followed his uncle in Menemeni for two years and in 1870 with the encouragement and financial assistance of Michael Hadjiluca Xylemporia, his uncle's partner's, decided to study sculpture in Athens.  In 1870, he enrolled in the School of Arts of Athens (later the School of Fine Arts).  His teachers in Athens were the painter Nikiforos Lytras [1] and the sculptor Leonidas Drosis.  He was already known for his painting talent when he graduated with honors in March 1877 from the School of Arts. 

In November 1877, he received a scholarship from the Greek State and departed for Munich in order to pursue his studies at the city's Academy of Fine Arts.  His teachers there were Ludwig von Löfftz, Wilhelm von Lindenschmidt and Gabriel von Max.  In 1883, he graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich and for the next seventeen years he continued to work in the same city.

In 1878, he created in Munich his own workshop and female school of painting, which operated until 1898.  With talent and hard work, he became widely known and loved.  Accolades began to follow one another: "Gold Medal" in Athens in 1888, particularly the Paris Award 1889 "Award honor" in Bremen in 1890, "Gold Medal" of Berlin in 1891, "Gold Medal" of Munich 1893, the "Oikonomeion Award" in Trieste in 1895, the Barcelona Prize in 1898 and the gold medal in Paris in 1900.

In 1889, his wife, Aglaia, died.   This marked his life and he is said to have then stopped painting cheerful children's issues.

In 1900, the National Gallery of Greece was founded and Iakovidis was invited by the Greek government to return to Greece and was appointed the first curator.  After the death of his teacher Nikiforos Litra in 1904, he was appointed as honorary professor of oil painting at the School of Fine Arts.  For his contribution to this, he was awarded the "Golden Cross of the Knights."  During the same period, he became a favorite portraitist of the royal family (he was a personal friend of art-loving Prince Nicholas) and the Athenian high society.  He was already one of the few wealthy Greek painters.

In 1910, with the separation of the School of Fine Arts from the National Technical University of Athens, by royal decree entrusted the direction of the School of Fine Arts. In 1914, Iakovidis was honored with the "Medal of Arts and Letters" and in 1918, his position at the National Gallery undertakes Zacharias Papantoniou.  Eight years later, in 1926, he was defined as one of the thirty-eight aristindin members of the newly established Academy of Athens.

In 1930, he left the direction of Athens, now - after the reorganization - the Faculty of Fine Arts, with the title of "honorary director".  He died in 1932.

The National Gallery honored him with a retrospective exhibition in November 2005.

Biography from Auctionata
Georg Jakobides, the Greek painter, was born in 1853 on Lesbos.  He started an education as sculptor in 1870 and in the same year started his studies in the Academy of Art in Athens.  With a state grant he visited the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Munich 1877, where he studied under Gabriel von Max and Wilhelm von Lindenschmidt.

Already in 1878 he participated with three of his works in the World Fair in Paris and finished his studies in 1883.  At this time he was already known as an outstanding academic painter and was renown in the Munich society.  The main topics of his paintings were genre scenes, which were completed by children depictions. 

In 1900 he became general director of the Greek art collection and in 1910 became the president of the art academy in Athens.  He died in 1932.  His works can be found in important museums an collections such as the Art Institute of Chicago.

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About  Georgios Jakobides

Born:  1853 - Lesbos
Died:   1932
Known for:  Genre and still life painting