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A Cultural Compass
For the World Traveler
A Cultural Compass
For the World Traveler

John Craxton: A Modern Odyssey

John Craxton, Greek Farm, 1947.

9 N Pallant, Chichester PO19 1TJ, United Kingdom

While traveling to Greece in the the summer of 1951, the artist John Craxton stopped in Paris. “Most nights, Craxton, a young English painter, arrived to share my bed; we kept each other warm,” wrote his lover, the writer Richard Olney. “He moved in a bucolic dreamworld, peopled with beautiful Greek goat herders.” Craxton would fall in love with Crete and would end up moving there permanently in 1970. His Neo-Romantic paintings are much like Olney’s description of Craxton. He painted poetic, sunlit landscapes in earthy, warm colors, incorporating Greek mythology and Byzantine mosaics into his imagery. This retrospective traces his career from the 1940s up until his death, in 2009. —Elena Clavarino

Photo: Sotheby’s/© Estate of John Craxton