Image: Self Portrait, 1946-7, oil on canvas. Private collection. Image courtesy of Christies, copyright John Craxton Estate.
Born into a bohemian family in London, the painter John Craxton (1922-2009) was a nomad who yearned to live and work in Greece. He achieved his goal from 1946 and enduring joy coloured his ensuing pictures. Long best known for Patrick Leigh Fermor book jackets, Craxton is the subject of a new biography from Ian Collins and Yale University Press. The author gives us a first peek.