GEORGE MOSCHOS Neighbourhood at Hora of Skyros 1968 - x +
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CN: MosG1968neig

MT: pastel and ink on board (50x60)

TX: signed with brush at front lower right in Greek <GMoschos 68>

DN: Mrs. Catherine Moschou - 1968

LC: ACG - Office of Controller

CM: George Moschos loved the island of Skyros, the southernmost island of the Sporades. The painter's wife, Catherine, remembers that when they traveled to the island carrying a backpack on his back while George was also equipped with an easel and materials. This picture shows a typical neighborhood in the traditional settlement of Chora, which is the center of the island's life. The need to gather all the people in the area below the castle, but also the slope of the hill, led to the development of a particular architecture: houses small in area but large in height, contiguous, without courtyards, which often had to accommodate large families. In its basic architecture of the Skyrian house is a rectangular volume with whitewashed its exterior and interior surfaces. The chimney, as it rises to the top, tappers to assume an almost conical shape. On top the chimney is covered by the 'kolypte' which is often an obsolete jar. A typical characteristic of the Chora, which Moschos takes care to represent, is its narrow cobbled streets.

[Megakles Rogakos 12/2004]

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