Yannoulis Chalepas

po_Chalepas-YannoulisYannoulis Chalepas (August 14, 1851 – September 15, 1938) was a Greek sculptor and significant figure of Modern Greek art.

In 1878, Chalepas suffered a nervous breakdown. He began destroying some of his sculptures and made several suicide attempts. His condition worsened and from July 11, 1888 to June 6, 1902, he was committed to the Mental Hospital of Corfu.

In 1901 his father died and the next year his mother went to Corfu and took Chalepas to Tinos. After his return, Chalepas lived under his mother’s strict supervision, who blamed sculpture for her son’s illness and prevented him from sculpting, destroying everything he created.

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