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Filippo de Pisis

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Filippo de Pisis was an Italian painter, born on 11 May 1896, in Ferrara.

In 1919 De Pisis moved to Rome, where he started to paint he is best known for his cityscapes, metaphysically-inspired maritime scenes, and still lifes, especially those depicting flowers.

He spent his life in Rome, Paris and Venice. He was seen as a very extravagant man. He used to have a pet parrot named Coco, and in Venice he had two personal gondoliers on 24-hour duty, who wore black-and-gold livery.

De Pisis's work was shown twice in the Venice Biennale: once during his life, and once posthumously. He also executed a large body of lesser-known work, comprising homoerotic sketches of the male nude.

De Pisis's work for the Collezione Verzocchi in 1949-1950 is now housed in the Pinacoteca Civica of Forlì. A large portion of his work is also housed in the Museo Filippo de Pisis in Ferrara.

He died in Milan after a long illness, in 1956.

 

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