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The Priest’s Wife



George Pol. Georghiou (1901-1972)
The Priest’s Wife
oil on wood
AGLC 470A @ A.G Leventis Gallery

The portrayal of the Cypriot female villager was a popular theme of the artist. In this depiction he uses elements of both Byzantine iconography and modernist movements. He pays particular attention to the hands, which are disproportionate to the rest of the body; he makes them larger to symbolize creation. The stance of the priest’s wife reveals the deeply rooted values of the woman in traditional Cypriot society: perseverance, humility, piety and modesty.

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About the artist

George Pol Georgiou was born in 1901. He studied law in London, but soon abandoned it and devoted himself to drawing. Although he was self-taught, he studied art in depth, as he spent long periods of time abroad and visited museums, galleries and exhibitions frequently.  His art is characterized by a genuine inspiration and a very personal expression. He was influenced by modernist art movements, as well as by the work of older artists such as El Greco, Hieronymus Bosch and Pieter Bruegel. Georghiou also developed a close relationship with the artistic tradition of his own country: archaic sculpture, byzantine, gothic and folk art.

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