- Georg von Peschke
- Landscapes and Still Lives
- Original Exhibition Brochures
Carnival is celebrated in the weeks before the start of Lent. Skyros has a particularly striking Carnival celebration, one in which Peschke was clearly interested from an artistic and ethnographic standpoint, as Dorothy Burr Thompson's diary entry about Peschke's description of the celebrations indicates. In this painting, a masquerader dressed as the "Yeros" or "Old Man" is depicted, wearing an animal skin over his head and dozens of goat bells around his waist. Other masqueraders can be seen behind the "Yeros," both in this photograph that belonged to Peschke (and may well have been taken by him) and in the painting that is based upon it.
The Saturday of Souls (Psychosavvato, Ψυχοσάββατο) is a day for the commemoration of the dead held on several Saturdays a year, mostly before and during Lent. Peschke shows people gathered at a cemetery on Skyros to pray for the deceased.
Dorothy Burr Thompson photographed the same woman at her loom two years later.
In 1927, Peschke planned to build and decorate a Byzantine-style chapel on Skyros. Influenced by the painter Fotis Kontoglou (1896–1965), Greek painters of the 1930s considered the art of icon painting a central component of modern art. Although Peschke never completed the plans, this triptych icon of St. George (the patron saint of Skyros) reflects his interests in Byzantine art. The unidentified figures flanking St. George may represent other local saints. The iconography of St. George slaying the dragon is often assumed to have developed from the earlier iconography of Bellerophon slaying the Chimaera; an example can be seen in Peschke’s painting of the Bellerophon mosaic in the publication of the Olynthus excavations. Peschke also used a dragon in his caricature "Battle with the Dragon." A label in the back of this icon associates the object with the Skyros chapter of the National Youth Organization (1936-1941), which included the Boy Scouts.