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Hope, 1979



Photos Hadjisoteriou (1919-2004)
Hope, 1979
Oil on plywood
AGLC 477 @ A.G Leventis Gallery

Photos Hadjisoteriou was born and lived in Famagusta until the age of 55, when he was forced to flee his hometown due to its occupation by the Turkish army. To his life as a refugee he brought only the rich memories of an entire life and the hope of one day going back. A refugee in his own land, in 1979 he painted the symbolic work Hope. From the open window of a farmhouse, we gaze upon an endless blue; the blue of the sky and the beloved sea of Famagusta. The painting was constructed through a pleasing conversation between three colours that are typical of Cypriot space: blue, terracotta and white.

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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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