Spiritus Mundi

Listing No: 684

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Artwork Info

FAE Listing No:
Bill Komodore (1932-2012)
Spiritus Mundi
Date of Work:
"Komodore" at lower right
Where Produced:
Texas, TX, USA

Artwork Medium

Sub Type:
on Canvas
Medium Notes:
Linen canvas

Artwork Size & Weight

80 x 97 in.

Artwork Condition

Very good condition. There is no cracking or paint loss evident.

Artwork Provenance

This painting comes directly from the Bill Komodore Estate.

About this Piece

The following description of this painting was written by Shannon Komodore, the artist’s widow. In the email that accompanied the description, Shannon wrote the following, “...if you were to ask Bill, he'd tell you this stuff, but he'd also say that all of his paintings are really about paint more than anything else.”

Spiritus Mundi – The term “spiritus mundi” generally refers to the zeitgeist or spirit of a given time or place. However, this painting’s title refers more specifically to the term’s usage in The Second Coming by W.B. Yeats. Komodore shared with Yeats, one of his favorite poets, an interest in esotericism and mysticism. Komodore’s boyhood experience in the Greek Orthodox Church, which had maintained some of the mystical character of its earliest days, and in Athens during WWII and the civil war that followed, contributed to his sense of a paradoxical universal soul that seemed to compel recurring cycles of destruction and creation. SK

About the Artist

Bill Komodore

Bill Komodore was born in Athens, Greece in 1932, and moved to the United States and received his formal education at Tulane University, where his professors included George Rickey, Mark Rothko, and David Smith. He earned his B.A. in 1955, and M.F.A. in 1957. Mr. Komodore was known for his figurative works, playing with both the mythical idea of Arcadia as a place of creative perception and with the experience of being a native of the actual Arcadia, Greece, which he describes as “the bucolic land of sheperds, beautiful nymphs, and satyrs.” He showed with Gerald Peters in Dallas, and at Decorazon Gallery. His work is represented in numerous public and private collections, including the Whitney Museum of American Art; The National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Walker Art Center; Dallas Museum of Art; and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Excerpt from Glasstire.com by Bill Davenport

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