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Nikolaos Gysis (Νικόλαος Γύζης in modern Greek) is a Greek painter born in Tinos Sklavochori on March 1, 1842 and died January 4, 1901.
He was a master of the Munich School of painting that dominated Greece in the second half of the nineteenth century.
In 1850 his family moved to Athens. This is where Nikolaos began his studies at the Ecole Polytechnique, but without ever really be included.
He was a student at the School of Fine Arts in Athens from 1854 to 1864. In July 1865 he went to study at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich, thanks to a grant offered by the monastery of Panagia Evanghélistria of his native island of Tinos.
In Munich, he studied in the workshop of Karl von Piloty, as Nikephoros Lytras, his fellow student.
In 1869, Gustave Courbet came to participate in an international exhibition in Munich. The discovery of his style and his paintings was instrumental in the formation of artistic Gysis.
Nikolaos Gysis 1872.Il returned to Athens in the summer of 1873 traveled to Asia Minor with his friend Nikiforos Lytras. This trip was one of the sources of the vein oriental tables and Gysis Lytras at that time.
In 1876, Gysis Lytras and also came to Paris.
Lytras remained permanently in Athens, while Gysis returned to Munich. He returned twice to his native country (most recently in 1895, and each time he taught at the School of Fine Arts in Athens. He passed well, with Lytras, methods and themes of the dominant School of Munich. From 1882, Nikolaos Gysis settle here permanently in Munich.
He died of leukemia January 4, 1901 in Munich.