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Peter de Francia

(b. 1921)


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(1921– )

British painter, teacher, and writer on art, born at Beaulieu, France. He studied at the Brussels Academy, 1938–40, and then, after army service in the Second World War, at the Slade School. After working in Canada and the USA, 1948–51, he was in charge of planning and production of art programmes at BBC Television, 1951–3. Subsequently he taught at several art schools, notably the Royal College of Art, where he was professor of painting, 1973–86. He writes: ‘I have always worked as a figurative artist and I draw more than I paint. I frequently work in series.’ His work is often concerned with social comment, and his vigorous style has been compared to those of Grosz and Guttuso. He has written two books on Léger: a short study (1969) on The Great Parade (Guggenheim Museum, New York) in the series ‘Painters on Painting’ edited by Carel Weight; and a substantial monograph (1983).


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