MT: silver print on paper mounted on card, glazed within original frame (22x16 / F:37x27x3)
TX: inscribed with fountain pen at lower center of border in Greek <To my dear Alekos / A.Pappas / 28/VI/942.>, printed at lower right of border in Greek <Nelly's>, embossed at lower left of border in French <NELLY'S / ATHENES / HERMES 21>
CM: This is the portrait of Dr. Alexander Pappas, who was very dear to Nelly's. As a matter of fact Nelly's was grateful to Dr. Pappas for saving her life from infection one week after her unfortunate miscarriage in 1935. In her own words: "I called for Dr. Alexander Pappas, who was also Minister of Health. I had great confidence in him. I knew he loved me and that he would do anything to save me. No sooner had he learned what happened to me - though right outside his home, on Vassilissis Sophias Avenue, missiles and bullets were falling [owing to the so-called 'Plastiras Movement'] - than he defied the danger and came immediately to see me. After examining me, he called at once Evaggelismos Hospital to arrange for me to be carried there. They took me there, made some kind of operation, and prescribed some medication - injections and the likes - and thus the danger was evaded. Dr. Alexander Pappas literally saved my life that day and I will be indebted to him for as long as I am alive." [Nelly's 1989, p.146]. Like all her pictures, Nelly's Portrait of Dr. Alexander Pappas aims to capture unadorned beauty and spare harmony. By remaining sensitive to the individual features of her subject, Nelly's portraits always compliment the sitter's appearance.
[Megakles Rogakos 08/2006]
NELLY'S Self-Portrait 1989 Anagramma Inc., Athens [Greek]
ROGAKOS, MEGAKLES Silent Dialogues: Multimedia Portraits Throughout Time 2008 The American College of Greece - ACG Art, Athens