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Georgios Jakobides, born January 11, 1853 and died on Lesbos December 13, 1932 in Athens, is a Greek painter.
At the age of thirteen, Georges Iakovidis went to Smyrna to live with his uncle, an architect by profession, and to follow the course of the Evangelical School. It shows very early provisions for art and especially for woodcarving.
He enrolled at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Athens, where he studied the painter Nikiforos Lytras Leonidas Dross and sculptor. One begins to notice his talent as a painter. He graduated from the Ecole des Beaux-Arts with "very good" in March 1877. As early as November 1877, he received a scholarship from the Greek State to continue his studies in Germany, at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich, where he studied under Ludwig von Löfftz of Wilhelm von Lindenschmidt and Gabriel von Max. He completed his studies in Fine Arts in Munich in 1883 and settled in this city where he worked for seventeen years.
From 1878, he opened his own studio in Munich, creating a School of Painting for women who worked until 1898.
In 1900 he became the first director of the National Museum of paint newly created. After the death of his master, Nikiforos Lytras, he returned, without charge, his teaching of oil painting at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, which earned him the "Golden Cross of the Knights ". During this period, he was the official portraitist of the Greek royal family, especially the personal friend of Prince Nicolas.
In 1910 the School of Fine Arts is separated from the Ecole Nationale Polytechnique, a royal decree will assign the management of the School of Fine Arts. Georges Iakovidis is replaced as head of the National Museum of Zacharias Papantoniou painting in 1918. In 1926 he was appointed on merit, a member of the newly created Academy of Athens. He retired in 1930 from the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. He died in 1932, nearly eighty years.
Georges Iakovidis faithfully followed the German academic naturalism of the "Munich School". The themes of his painting, despite the life and light that characterizes Greek, are marked by theatricality and the severity of the academy. He was particularly critical of French Impressionism, and is the reason we felt that it had delayed the introduction of modern artistic movements in Greece.
However, some art critics believe that the latest George Iakovidis did not prevent his students to innovate, even if he did not share their views.
By the time he lived in Germany, the themes of his paintings were mostly scenes of everyday life, especially compositions with children, interiors, still lifes, and flowers. On his return to Greece, he has sought to paint portraits and became one of the best Greek portrait.
Georges Iakovidis left an important work of about two hundred paintings, kept in great museums of Europe, America, the National Museum of Athens and painting in private collections.