Peter de Francia 1/25/21 – 1/19/12

Bullet Shih Jan, 2012 0
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The Guardian has announced that Peter de Francia, the long time professor at the Royal College of Art in London passed away at age 90 from complications with pneumonia.  De Francia was born in France to an Italian father and an English mother and studied in Paris as a child.  At the outbreak of World War II, he moved to London and enlisted in the army.  War scenes and social injustice played a major part in his oeuvre as his best know painting The Bombing of Sakiet, painted in 1959 depicting the deaths of 79 villagers in Tunesia is currently on display in the Tate.  Years earlier in 1953, he painted the The Execution of Beloyannis depicting Greek communist leader Nikos Beloyannis being executed with two of seven of his men who were also killed.  Just recently one of his biggest proponents, James Hyman presented a retrospective at his London gallery to celebrate de Francia’s 90th birthday.

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