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The Greek House

The Greek House, The Story of a Painter's Love Affair with the Island of Sifnos by Christian Brechneff with Tim Lovejoy

I’ve just finished reading the most delightful book, The Greek House: The Story of a Painter’s Love Affair with the Island of Sifnos by the esteemed artist Christian Brechneff. As the title suggests, it’s a wonderful narrative about the painter and the Island of Sifnos in Greece — a journey that begins with Brechneff’s first visit to Sifnos as a young man, and the profound connection he made with the island that kept him coming back for thirty years. Sifnos itself became a spectacular metaphor for Brechneff’s blossoming sexuality and the raw beauty of the place became a wellspring of creative inspiration, providing Brechneff with just what he needed to develop as a man and as a painter.

Christian Brechneff at work

Christian Brechneff at work

All fell into place quite readilly for Brechneff, allowing him to purchase a house on the island that he cherished for many years. I’m more than a bit envious of Brechneff’s summer escape…I often wish I had such an unusual island retreat!

On the Island of Sifnos

On the Island of Sifnos

We won’t spoil the story for you by going any further, but suffice it to say I know you will enjoy this marvelous memoir – it’s perfect summer reading. You can find your copy on Amazon here – The Greek House: The Story of a Painter’s Love Affair with the Island of Sifnos


  1. Dean Farris says:

    He looks like Scott McBee!

  2. George Kaminski says:

    Thanks for recommending this book, James. Just finished it and could not get enough of it. It’s very well written and makes you feel a part of his love affair with the island. It also makes you think about your own life situations. Loved it!

  3. James Andrew says:

    Hello George,

    I am so happy to hear you enjoyed the book as much as I did!

    This delightful tale certainly caused me to reflect on my own youth, growing up etc .



  4. We bought the house from Christian. Lisa and I seized the moment. Fun book. Island still very lovely. Ant

  5. James Andrew says:

    Dear Anthony,

    That is tremendous!

    I certainly loved Christian’s tales and reflections on his time there.



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