De Francia, Peter (14 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
Interviewee's home in London
De Francia, Peter, 1921-2012 (speaker, male)
Roberts, Melanie (speaker, female)
Peter de Francia returns to talking about his French village, La Coste, and the house he has there which he describes. This leads on to a discussion of the loss of drawing in contemporary practice although he notes that many artists he admires still do draw. He expands on the history of drawing. He comments on his feelings about Auerbach and Kossoff, going on to compare Auerbach and Lovis Corinth. This goes on to a general discussion of German art. [Gardener making noise!] In reference to his own work he resists being pigeon-holed with German art though he admits to a peripheral connection. In terms of Expressionism, he is very much on the side of Brecht, but finally is more interested in Léger than Brecht citing Léger's importance in relation to art and architecture and art and public art