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Paris Reminds of the Greek Resistance in the Period of 1940 – 1944

03 October 2008 / 23:10:26  GRReporter
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     It all started with Roger Milliex and his wife Tatyana. Roger Milliex was a writer,

a scholar and former director of the French Institute in Athens. He had appealed to the French intellectuals for an honorary donation of their works to the Greek people and their heroic resistance to Nazism during the period of 1940 – 1944. In a year or two Milliex received 30 paintings, 6 drawings, 4 sculptures, 6 engravings and two albums of engravings. Who were the artists? Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Pierre Bonnard, Francis Picabia, Paul Claudel, Le Corbusier, Jean-Paul Sartre – some of the greatest French names in the 20th century art.

     The collection, which belongs to the Greek National Gallery, was first displayed in the French Institute in Athens in 1949. Later there were added 110 manuscripts and typescripts of intellectuals, members of the French resistance groups, who had written about Greece. The present exhibition was first shown in 1980 at the National Gallery in Athens and then was hosted by several other Greek cities.

     On 1 October the collection was presented for the first time to the French public. Until 5 November the exhibition “The Greek Resistance in the Period of 1940 – 1944” can be seen at Jean Moulin Museum in Paris.


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