Charmed Lives in Greece: Ghika, Craxton, Leigh Fermor is a delightful exhibition @britishmuseum
exploring the friendship between the Greek painter, Niko Ghika (1906-94); the artist, John Craxton and the travel writer Patrick Leigh Fermor and celebrating their shared love for Greece.
The show weaves extracts from Leigh Fermor's
books and letters with Ghika's
vibrant and bucolic paintings of the Greek landscape and people. .
In one memorable passage, Leigh Fermor writes: 'The
stone flags of the water's
edge, where Joan and Xan Fielding and I sat down to dinner, flung back the heat like a casserole with the lid off. On a sudden, silent, decision we stepped down fully dressed into the sea carrying the iron table a few yards out and then our three chairs, on which, up to our waists in cool water, we sat around the neatly laid table-top'.
Go visit this sunny and charming exhibition if you can. Entry is free and the show runs until 15 July.
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