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Peter De Francia Sold at Auction Prices

b. 1921 - d. 2012

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    • Peter de Francia (Italian-British, 1921-2012)
      Oct. 04, 2022

      Peter de Francia (Italian-British, 1921-2012)

      Est: £1,000 - £1,500

      Peter de Francia (Italian-British, 1921-2012) ▴ Peter de Francia (Italian-British, 1921-2012) Beside the red motorbike oil on canvas 40.5 x 56cm Peter de Francia was a pioneering artist whose work is now held in major collections such as the Tate. His style was drawn from many French influences, in particular he turned to the works of Gustave Courbet and Honore Daumier for inspiration. He was also the author of two works on Fernand Léger. In later life, de Francia taught at many of London's top art schools including St Martin's School of Art and Goldsmiths' College. Condition Report: Framed size: 60 x 75.5cm Generally appears to be in good condition, unexamined under uv light, please contact the department for a full report.

    • De Francia (Peter) - Erotic drawings,
      Jun. 29, 2017

      De Francia (Peter) - Erotic drawings,

      Est: £600 - £800

      2 original charcoal line drawings of a man and a women in sexual activity, both signed and dated by the artist, untitled and approx. 222 x 172mm. n.p., ? [1983] Peter Laurent de Francia was a French-born British artist, who served as Professor of Painting at the Royal College of Art, London, from 1972 to 1986. He is also exhibited in the Tate and was the author of author of two books on Fernand Léger: Leger: The Great Parade (Painters on Painting) (1969) and Fernand Léger (1983).

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    • Peter de Francia (born 1921) Virgin and child 1963, South Bohemia
      Oct. 19, 2011

      Peter de Francia (born 1921) Virgin and child 1963, South Bohemia

      Est: £300 - £400

      Virgin and child 1963, South Bohemia signed and dated '63 (lower right) pencil 50 x 34cm (19 11/16 x 13 3/8in).

    • § PETER DE FRANCIA (FRENCH B. 1921) WEEPING HEAD 25.5cm x 35.7 cm (10in x 14in)
      Apr. 20, 2011

      § PETER DE FRANCIA (FRENCH B. 1921) WEEPING HEAD 25.5cm x 35.7 cm (10in x 14in)

      Est: £600 - £800

      § PETER DE FRANCIA (FRENCH B. 1921) WEEPING HEAD Signed, charcoal 25.5cm x 35.7 cm (10in x 14in)

      Lyon & Turnbull
      Nov. 04, 2010


      Est: £2,000 - £3,000

      PETER DE FRANCIA B.1921 PANAMA RESTING, 1956 oil on canvas 117 by 80cm.; 46 by 31½in.

      Apr. 16, 2008


      Est: £700 - £900

      PETER DE FRANCIA (BRITISH, B. 1921) UNTITLED Signed and dated 1985, charcoal on paper 56cm x 77cm (22in x 30.25in)

      Lyon & Turnbull
    • PETER DE FRANCIA (B. 1921) UNTITLED 56cm x 77cm (22in x 30.25in)
      Jan. 10, 2008

      PETER DE FRANCIA (B. 1921) UNTITLED 56cm x 77cm (22in x 30.25in)

      Est: £2,000 - £3,000

      PETER DE FRANCIA (B. 1921) UNTITLED Signed and dated 1985, charcoal on paper 56cm x 77cm (22in x 30.25in)

      Lyon & Turnbull
    • PETER DE FRANCIA (B. 1921) UNTITLED 54cm x 75cm (21.25in x 29.5in)
      Jan. 10, 2008

      PETER DE FRANCIA (B. 1921) UNTITLED 54cm x 75cm (21.25in x 29.5in)

      Est: £2,000 - £3,000

      PETER DE FRANCIA (B. 1921) UNTITLED Signed and dated 1994, charcoal on paper 54cm x 75cm (21.25in x 29.5in)

      Lyon & Turnbull
    • PETER DE FRANCIA (B. 1921) UNTITLED 84cm x 104cm (33in x 41in)
      Jan. 10, 2008

      PETER DE FRANCIA (B. 1921) UNTITLED 84cm x 104cm (33in x 41in)

      Est: £2,000 - £3,000

      PETER DE FRANCIA (B. 1921) UNTITLED Signed and dated 1983, charcoal on paper 84cm x 104cm (33in x 41in)

      Lyon & Turnbull
    • Fernand Leger (1881-1955)
      Nov. 06, 2002

      Fernand Leger (1881-1955)

      Est: $3,500,000 - $4,500,000

      Les femmes … la toilette signed and dated 'F. LGER. 20' (lower right); signed and dated again, and titled 'F. LGER. 20 Les Femmes … la Toilette 2Šme ‚tat' (on the reverse) oil on canvas 361/4 x 283/4 in. (92 x 73 cm.) Painted in 1920 PROVENANCE Miss Thekla Edstrands, Malm”. Anon. sale, Christie's, London, 29 March 1977, lot 38. Anon. sale, Sotheby's, London, 30 June 1987, lot 63. Galerie Beyeler, Basel. Thomas Ammann Fine Art AG., Zurich. Acquired from the above by the present owner. LITERATURE N. Ryndel, La femme … la toilette: Une oeuvre capitale de Fernand L‚ger au Mus‚e des Beaux-Arts de G”teborg, G”teborg, 1955-1956, p. 120, no. 53 (illustrated). G. Bauquier, Fernand L‚ger, catalogue raisonn‚ de l'oeuvre peint 1920-1924, Paris, 1992, p. 56, no. 223 (illustrated in color, p. 57). EXHIBITION Malm” Museum, 1959. Cologne, Kunsthalle, Fernand L‚ger, Das figrliche Werk, 1978, no. 50 (illustrated, p. 32). Zurich, Thomas Ammann Fine Art AG., Major Works from the Weisman Collection and other Private Collections, 1990, no. 13 (illustrated in color). Wolfsburgh, Kunstmuseum and Basel, Offentliche Kunstsammlung, Fernand L‚ger 1911-1924: Le rythme de la vie moderne, May-November 1994, p. 245, no. 55 (illustrated in color, p. 151). Paris, Centre Georges Pompidou; Madrid, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia; and New York, The Museum of Modern Art, Fernand L‚ger, May 1997-May 1998, p. 91 (illustrated in color). NOTES The year 1920 marks an important turning point in L‚ger's work. In the immediate post-war period, he had remained true to the brash, anti-order convictions of his earlier years, rendering scenes of modern urban life in a fragmented and dynamic way. In 1920, under mounting pressure from Ozenfant, Le Corbusier, and other members of the Parisian avant-garde to classicize his art, L‚ger began to create calmer and more rigorously ordered compositions, depicting monumental figures within a stable architecture of flat planes. By 1921, he had produced his first major statement of this new formal order, Le grand d‚jeuner (Museum of Modern Art, New York). The present canvas is part of a series of women at their toilette from early 1920, among the final pictures that L‚ger would make in the cacophonous, simultaneist style of his first mature period (see also lot 41). Far removed from the conspicuous structural stability of Le grand d‚jeuner, the Femme au miroir pictures are distinguished instead by their insistent fragmentation of the human form and their collapsed and ambiguous space. At the same time, their intimate subject matter heralds the impending shift in L‚ger's art, making the pictures linchpins in this period of vital transition. The present canvas is one of the largest and most fully worked of the Femme au miroir series (Bauquier nos. 217-224; figs. 1-2), and one of only two examples to feature a pair of figures instead of just one. The painting depicts two women seated behind a dressing-table, the edges of which can be discerned in the foreground and at the right. Two oval mirrors with decorative pedestals are positioned on the table, and two lipsticks can be seen in the foreground. The face of the figure at the left is partially visible, along with her bright green sleeve and yellow wrist, while the second figure is identifiable only from her raised left hand. The overlapping planes and fragmented forms of the picture are resolutely incoherent; as one critic has declared, "Elements are incorporated into a structure of disparate objects, willfully juxtaposed to induce the maximum shock of incredulity" (P. de Francia, Fernand L‚ger, New Haven, 1983, p. 50). Christopher Green has provided a detailed analysis of the painting's intentionally bewildering structure: "L‚ger's subject here is...perfectly geared to his destructively ambiguous intentions. Enough legible features are left to announce the essentials of the subject...but these features are dispersed as merely partial clues in a loose disintegrated array of color planes, bars, metallic elements, and indeed, the fragmentary use of such clearly recognizable features...simply serve to intensify the effect of figurative disintegration--of destruction... L‚ger works in terms of both flat contrasting planes and modeled elements, using the staccato effects of interruption developed during the previous two years to create a stylistically disunited result. In all three versions [of Femme au miroir ] the wholeness of the figure is challenged dramatically by the stylistic contradictions out of which it is built: the hair is both a series of corrugations and a dark, sweeping metallic surface, the right arm is a cylinder while the left is an overlapping pair of color planes. Not even pictorially can the figure be read as a coherent, interlocking structure, and in the comprehensiveness of its disintegration is conveyed continuing rejection of stylistic unity altogether" (C. Green, L‚ger and the Avant-Garde, New Haven, 1976, pp. 195-197). Yet if the pictorial language of Femme au miroir is wholly in keeping with L‚ger's previous work, the subject matter represents a striking break. His paintings of the immediate post-war period largely depict the mechanized cityscape and urban spectacle of modern Paris -- a man's world, so to speak. In 1921, by contrast, L‚ger turned inward, focusing on the female figure in a private, domestic setting. His later pictures are also notable for their self-conscious allusions to art historical tradition, Le grand d‚jeuner, for instance, drawing heavily on Venus, odalisque, and harem iconography. Likewise, the theme of the woman looking in the mirror has a long tradition in western art, from Renaissance portraits like Titian's Lady at her Toilet (Mus‚e du Louvre, Paris) to Manet's celebrated Nana (Kunsthalle, Hamburg) and Degas's numerous images of women dressing their hair. Indeed, L‚ger would return to the theme in 1925, this time rendering it with almost mathematical precision and clarity (Bauquier nos. 427-430). Discussing the present series in light of L‚ger's earlier subject matter, Werner Schmalenbach has written: The woman is dominated by the objects and the geometrizing forms. Her head, barely distinguished by an eye on a yellow background, is half hidden by the looking glass... The 'womanly' implements on the dressing table speak the language of L‚ger's mechanical elements, and the table itself might just as well be a joiner's bench. There is not the slightest concession to femininity. Even the peeping eye, focused on the mirror, carries no trace of the seductive coquetry of the innumerable representations of women with fans that fill the history of art. This charade does not conceal a womanly secret. L‚ger resists the charm of the subject for the sake of the object quality of the forms and colors--in a word, of the picture. The human figure is made of the same material as all the other elements, both figurative and abstract; it is not a lot more alive than the objects and forms that surround it. The hair and body are segments of a circle; the face is a rectangle; the arms are cylinders... Geometry alone defines the character of the picture (W. Schmalenbach, Fernand L‚ger, New York, 1976, frontispiece). (fig. 1)Fernand L‚ger, La femme au miroir, 1920. Moderna Museet, Stockholm. (fig. 2)Fernand L‚ger, La femme … la toilette, 1920. G”teborg Konstmuseum.

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