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Theophilos

The naïf painter Theophilos (1873-1934) was born and spent his childhood in Vareia, a beautiful place that he loved dearly and depicted extensively in his paintings.

A restless dreamer, Theophilos traveled from Smyrna (Izmir) on the Turkish coast to the Pelion peninsula on the east coast of mainland Greece and the inland city of Larissa, returning to Mytilene for good in 1926.

There he was discovered by the celebrated art critic/publisher Stratis Eleftheriadis-Tériade, who literally removed him from obscurity by organizing a stunning exhibition of his paintings in Paris. Several of these paintings are currently displayed in the Louvre.
 

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