Title: 'Femme Fole'
Artist: John Christoforou (1921-2014)
Dimensions: 65 x 50 cm. Mixed Technique / Canvas
Details: John Christoforou was born in 1921 in London but his parents were of Greek descent from Smyrna. At age nine he returned with his father to Athens. In 1935 he entered the Athens Academy of Fine Arts. Several years later he returned to London and after World War II devoted himself to painting. His first solo exhibition was held in 1949 at the Twenty Brooke Street Gallery in London. Over the next sixty-two years, he presented his work in over fifty solo exhibitions and participated in more than a hundred group exhibitions throughout the world. John Christoforou is recognized as an important pioneer of the Nouvelle Figuration (New Figuration), an international movement that emerged in the early 1960s from the abstract art movements of the previous decade and included leading artists such as Francis Bacon and Willem de Kooning. His works are found in many important public collections: Centre d’Art Contemporain- Montpellier, Cabinet des Estampes de la Bibliotheque Nationale- Paris, Tate Gallery- London, Contemporary Art Society- London, Museum of Contemporary Art, Elise and Basil Goulandris Foundation- Athens, National Art Gallery-Athens.