Unlike the musician in this painting, I play the sandouri (see my very first post on this blog), not the bouzouki, with which I've always had a love-hate relationship, on account of the fact that it has displaced so many of Greece's more traditional instruments. But that’s not the point of this post.
The point is that I would gladly take up the bouzouki if beautiful boys stripped and danced to accompany my playing. So far that hasn't happened with my sandouri. People have taken their shoes off, but I'm not counting that.
This painting entitled Zeïbekiko Near the Sea was done by Yiannis Tsarouchis (1910-1989) in 1979 shortly after his return to Greece from France where he had lived in self-imposed exile during Greece’s military dictatorship.
Tsarouchis’ work, which contains hints of both Byzantine iconography and French impressionism, is deliciously homoerotic. I’ll be posting lots more of him.