Theophilos Hatzimihail -Theophilos

Θεόφιλος

c. 1869-1934 Greece/Iconographer and Painter

 

Brief Biography-Theophilos Hatzimihail, known as Theophilos, was born c. 1869, near Mytilene, Lesbos. When he was eighteen, he worked at the Greek consulate in Smyrna, Turkey, as a gate-keeper for three years before settling in Ano Volos. He made a living doing murals for relatively low fees; however, he was also supported by a landlord by the name of Giannis Kontos. He returned to Mytilene in 1927, as a result of a prank that went wrong when he was thrown off a ladder and was injured. People ridiculed him because of the traditional clothes he always wore. In Mytilene, he survived on nothing more than subsistence handouts for his works. The art critic Tériade later recognised his talents and in 1964, funded a museum dedicated to Theophilos in Vareia, Lesbos. The Louvre, Paris, exhibited his paintings a year after his death in 1934.

 

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athena and artemis

athena and artemis

alexander the
great two

alexander the great two


alexander the great

alexander the great

artemis goddess
of hunting

artemis goddess of hunting


athanasios diakos

athanasios diakos


botsaris death

botsaris death

constantine
palaiologos

constantine palaiologos

duel of achilles
and hector

duel of achilles and hector

emperor eudoxia
symposium

emperor eudoxia symposium

erotokritos and
arethousa

erotokritos and arethousa

fall of
constantinople

fall of constantinople


fish vendors

fish vendors

general theodoros
kolokotronis

general theodoros kolokotronis

katsantonis in
tzoumerka

katsantonis in tzoumerka

lyra player
from lemnos

lyra player from lemnos


pavlos melas

pavlos melas

rigas velestinlis and
adamantios korais

rigas velestinlis and adamantios korais help greece stand on its feet


the big bakery

the big bakery

the fearless
katsantonis

the fearless katsantonis plays his drum

the robber of
christos natsias

the robber of christos natsias davelis

theseus the king
of athenians

theseus the king of athenians