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.
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!
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