Plaque Marks House Where Craxton, Freud Painted



A small plaque has been dedicated outside the home where the British painters John Craxton and Lucian Freud lived and worked in the mid-1940s, just a few meters from the Hatzipoulios Library.
The plaque was unveiled in July at a small ceremony attended by the British ambassador to Greece, Dr David Landsman, Poros Mayor Dimitris Stratigos and other dignitaries.
Craxton and Freud lived at the Mastropetros residence on Poros from 1946 to 1947 and the island figures in a number of portraits and other works painted during this time. Their time on Poros is chronicled in “The Guys of Poros”, a bilingual (Greek and English) book by Yannis Souliotis published to coincide with the dedication.
Craxton, who described himself as “a kind of Arcadian”, is also known for his set and costume designs for theater. Although he traveled extensively throughout southern Europe from the 1940s through the mid-1960s, his love for Greece prevailed and he settled, semi-permanently, on Crete in 1970. He died in 2009 at the age of 87.
Born in Berlin, Freud moved to London the 1930s to escape the Nazis and is considered one Britain’s most eminent painters. He is known his portraits and for challenging “fashionable” images of the human body with his dense impastoed paintings.
The British painters are just two of the many artists and writers with sojourns on the island, among them Marc Chagall, Panayotis Tetsis, Lawrence Durrell, Henry Miller, and Nobel laureate George Seferis.

D.S.




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