"Peter in City Landscape"   Lot no. 485

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By Francesco "Franco" Accornero 1938 - 2020

1980 (Estimated)
6.50" x 7.25"
Watercolor and Ink on Board
Signed Lower Right



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Francesco Accornero, the nationally-known Romance cover illustrator called "Franco" was born in Italy on December 4th, 1938. Franco spent most of his youth in the neighboring town of Naples. In high school and college he excelled at many different sports. As tradition demanded of first sons to follow in their fathers' footsteps, he graduated with a degree in Electrical Engineering from Instituto di Alessandro Volta Napoli. For nine hard working years he worked for the Ministry of Transportation in Rome before coming to the United States, seeking a career in art, his early and true passion.

He studied portraiture and landscape painting at the Art Students League in New York and took courses focusing on composition and understanding color at The Visual Art Institute. His illustration career, from which he never retired, lasted nearly 50 years. Franco worked with all the major publishing houses in the U.S. and Canada such as Harlequin, Kensington Publishing, Bantam, Dell and New American Library producing thousands of Romance covers. He was at one time the highest paid illustrator in his field. 

Biography courtesy: https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/nytimes/name/francesco-accornero-obituary?pid=196007611