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"Art Nouveau in Greece" Gigelos George, Liosis Dimitris

In Greece, art nouveau is presented occasionally and not with completed architectural work. The precise chronology that the movement is presented in Greece remains indistinct.

In the beginnings of 1900 Thessalonici constitutes a multicultural metropolis. In the first period, are built exceptional samples of the movement. The most representative example constitutes Casa Bianca. Other buildings are the mansion of Mehmet Kapantzi, the mansion of Ahmet Kapantzi, the villa Modiano  e.t.c.

About 1920 is presented the work of Aristotle Zahos, who accomplished to “byzantinize” the synthetic and morphological choices of art nouveau.

In the second period is observed intense building activity with buildings of the movement with most significant representator  Ap. Grekos.

Thessalonici and Konstantinoupolis function as models for the rest cities of northern Greece  as Kavala, Florina e.t.c.

Art nouveau began to present itself in the urban architecture of Athenian centre, in the aspects of buildings with decorations of naturalistic configuration. Example given of first years constitutes the residence Kapitsala. 

Regarding now in the mature forms of art nouveau, these are a seaside residence in P. Faliron and the building in the corner of Themistokleous and Nikitara, by the architect N. Nikolaidis.

In the distinguished architecture of the movement we meet the architects Kitsikis, Valvis, Mayiasis, Tsagris and Tzelepis.

Even though the appearance of the movement, coincides with the course to the interwar avant-garde of Modern movement, art nouveau achieved to leave work in the Greek architectural history.