Private Collection, Germany Galerie Neher, Essen Ben Brown Fine Arts, London Acquired from the above by the present owners in 2010
Enrico Crispolti, Lucio Fontana: Catalogo Ragionato, di Sculture, Dipinti e Ambientazioni, Vol. II, Milan 2006, p. 628, no. 61 T 109, illustrated
"The discovery of the Cosmos is that of a new dimension, it is the Infinite: thus I pierce this canvas, which is the basis of all arts and I have created an infinite dimension, an x which for me is the basis for all Contemporary Art" (Lucio Fontana cited in: Exh. Cat., Venice, Peggy Guggenheim Collection (and travelling), Lucio Fontana: Venice/New York, 2006, p. 19).
The colour in the catalogue illustration is fairly accurate.
This work is in very good condition. Extremely close inspection in raking light reveals some minute specks of burnishing in isolated places to the extreme overturn edges. No restoration is apparent when examined under ultra-violet light. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."