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‘Charmed Lives in Greece’ Goes on Display in London

Study For a Poster by Nikos Hadjikyriakos-Ghika

A new exhibition of Greek-influenced art at the British Museum in London promises to reveal how three artists’ “shared love of Greece was fundamental to their work, as they embraced its sights, sounds, colours, and people”.

Nikos Hadjikyriakos-Ghika (1906–1994), John Craxton (1922–2009) and Sir Patrick Leigh Fermor (1915–2011) met at the end of WWII and spent many years living and working in Greece.

This new exhibition — Charmed Lives in Greece — brings together their artwork, writings, photos and personal letters, cataloging how their lives and work were shaped by Greece.

Many artworks and objects on display are on loan from the Benaki Museum, to which Ghika donated his house and works, from the Craxton Estate, and from institutions and private collections in the UK and Greece.

Highlights include Ghika’s extraordinary painting Mystras and Craxton’s exuberant Still Life with Three Sailors. Also featured is Craxton’s original artwork for the book covers of Leigh Fermor’s travel classics A Time of Gifts and Between the Woods and the Water.

The exhibition will run until July 15.

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