De Francia, Peter (6 of 20). National Life Stories Collection: Artists' Lives.

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    2000-02-24, 2000-03-23, 2000-05-15, 2000-07-20, 2000-08-11, 2000-09-28, 2000-10-04, 2001-02-14

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    Interviewee's home in London

  • Interviewees

    De Francia, Peter, 1921-2012 (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    Roberts, Melanie (speaker, female)

  • Abstract

    Continuing discussing his work [c.1948], Peter de Francia says that he was working on a small scale at the Slade, but had worked on a large scale in Brussels. He returns to Italy which followed his time at the Slade. He mentions being helped by the daughter of Modigliani and by Guttosso whom he admired at a personal and artistic level. Although he didn't want to become part of the Italian art scene, he did have two exhibitions that were important to him. He met a number of Italian film makers such as De Seco. He stayed in Italy for three to four years, and mentions that he did not return to Paris for over a decade. The original tape recording of this item begins to fail at this point, and the engineer switched to another tape - part 7 of the interview.

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