the olden days

4 Mar

london 9.17pm 7.6C dry sunday 2018

the weekend is almost over. have you heard of patrick leigh fermor? he was a travel writer , said to be the best living travel writer,(when he was alive, he lived for 96yrs).  on the basis of a series of 3 books about his travels across europe.

well, it seems he has also been staying in greece with a group of friends, and the art they produced are featured in this exhibition in the british musuem today. it was by invitation, and is a different thing from the usual british museum exhibitions. it is art for one thing, when the museum is about artefacts. its interesting to see a glimpse of what life was like for a group of artistic friends going off to greece to live a life that is so different from post war britain. these guys were born in the early years of the 20th century… so their exploits were before i was born even. so his travels were done in a bygone age before the tourists were dreamed of. you can get some idea of the art from the covers of his books.

we hear quite a lot of these kind of things, westerners from europe going off to greece and discovering a nice way of life that is very bohemian. and of course very cheap. but also they seem to attract the writers, and artists. and it is their art and books which then make their sojourn in greece become well known to us and propagate that idea that greece is where it is at.

i dont think we get that equivalent anymore in these times. i can think that thailand is now the country the westerners drift to, but it dont seem to attract artists or writers, so no great art, in fact not even bad art, nor writings emerge from those expats who go there. 

 

2 Responses to “the olden days”

  1. Sarah M Monday March 5, 2018 at 7:24 am #

    No I often wish I lived in a time when these places were a haven for artists and writers, rather than how they are today as just a place full of functioning alcoholics and people bragging about themselves and trying to seem like something they’re not.
    There are a few little enclaves around the world where I’ve felt there was a great artistic/creative community, although these places always seem to be the more expensive places to live.

  2. alifesgayventure Monday March 5, 2018 at 7:45 am #

    i think it is the quality of the light … thus u have the south of france inspiring the french artists , the greek light must do a similar function. i grew up in s.e.asia, the tropical light does not seem to inspire. at least it did not make me feel the urge to paint it. that might explain why those areas do not seem to birth inspired artists. all the great artists are western artists… though having said that, gauguin is one french artist who had been inspired by polynesian light. i dont recall anyone else.

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