Art: Return of the Prodigy

The landlord was restless about the rent; the grocer had already refused further credit; and for the Argentine couple, who had come with their young son to live in Paris, things were getting desperate. Then one day in 1958, while the parents were having one of their quarrels, the son tucked some gouaches he had been doing under his arm, slipped out to peddle them at the Left Bank cafés. The first painting he offered went for $1 — and that was the beginning of the astonishing rise of Aldo Franceschini, now 15.


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