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Craxton was born in London and studied at the Central School of Art and Goldsmiths’ College. In 1942 he became friends with Graham Sutherland and Lucian Freud. Craxton visited Greece for the first time in the summer of 1946. This is one of his earliest Greek landscapes, painted on the island of Poros. Craxton’s experience of Greece made him realise that his main interest in landscape was its human associations. Figures such as shepherds and poets, as well as farms, houses and animals, feature regularly in these works.

September 2004