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'Delacroix & The Greek War of Independence' at the Teloglion Foundation, Thessaloniki

The Teloglion Foundation in Thessaloniki presents “Delacroix Directs 1821,” an exhibition exploring the work of French artist Eugene Delacroix (1798-1863).

'Delacroix & The Greek War of Independence' at the Teloglion Foundation, Thessaloniki
Delacroix's painting of the massacre at Chios shows sick, dying Greek civilians about to be slaughtered by the Turks. 
One of several paintings he made of this contemporary event, it expresses sympathy for the Greek cause
 in their war of independence against the Turks, a popular sentiment at the time for the French people 
[Credit: WikiCommons]
Even though the artist never visited Greece, he was deeply affected by the country’s War of Independence in 1821 and created two landmark paintings, “The Massacre at Chios” and “Greece on the Ruins of Missolonghi.”

'Delacroix & The Greek War of Independence' at the Teloglion Foundation, Thessaloniki
Delacroix produced a second painting in support of the Greeks in their war for independence, 
this time referring to the capture of Missolonghi by Turkish forces in 1825. Greece Expiring on the 
Ruins of Missolonghi displays a woman in Greek costume with her breast bared, arms half-raised 
in an imploring gesture before the horrible scene: the suicide of the Greeks, who chose to kill 
themselves and destroy their city rather than surrender to the Turks [Credit: WikiCommons]
The exhibition, which includes original Delacroix works as well as a copy of “The Massacre at Chios,” explores the creation and the impact of these two particular works.

Opening hours are Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 9 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The show runs through January 31, 2017.

Teloglion Foundation, 159A Aghiou Dimitriou, tel 2310.247.111,

Source: Kathimerini [November 02, 2016]


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