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The Red Gate, 1978



Photos Hadjisoteriou (1919-2004)
The Red Gate, 1978
Oil on plywood
AGLC 476 @ A.G Leventis Gallery

The painting depicts a view of a Cypriot village, with the composition organised from the perspective of a frog. The viewer enters the painting from an open red door and follows the uphill road that traverses a typical neighbourhood. Certain stylistic external elements indicate a definite influence from George Pol. Georghiou. Like Georghiou, Photos Hadjisoteriou slightly distorted his buildings, creating a mobility that brings them alive. The painting’s colour palette is especially pleasing, with clear reds, blues and greens registering on the bright white surfaces.

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About the artist

He studied economics at the Commercial School of Athens and the American University in Beirut. He became a dedicated, self-taught painter while still a youth. He was also a writer. He was the brother of Xanthos Hadjisoteriou. His subject matter includes mostly genre scenes of traditional rural life in Cyprus. In his works he usually combined the built environment with the human form or with scenes from daily life in the village. His painting is characterised by folkloric elements, schematisation, simplification, bold, clear colours and an emphasis on quaint details. He showed his works in solo exhibitions in Cyprus (1941, 1947, 1953, 1957, 1962, 1976, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1991) and in Athens in 1978. He also took part in many group shows in Cyprus and abroad.

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