1899 - 1968
oil on canvas
painting: 21⅝ by 18 in. 55 by 45.8 cm.
framed: 26¾ by 23¼ in. 67.9 by 59.1 cm.
Executed in 1962.
This work is registered in the Fondazione Lucio Fontana, Milan, under no. 3477/1 and is accompanied by a photo-certificate issued by the Fondazione Lucio Fontana, Milan.
This work is in very good condition overall. There is very light evidence of handling along the extreme edges with a few minor and unobtrusive pinpoint losses at the extreme corners. There is a network of hairline cracks visible throughout the composition and in the area of impasto around the void, all of which appears to be in stable condition and is inherent to the artist’s working method and intent. Under Ultraviolet light inspection, there is a ¼-inch vertical area that fluoresces darkly along the lower left edge. Framed.
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Collection of Charles Wilp, Düsseldorf
Collection of V. Vasata, Düsseldorf
Galeria d'Arte dei Mille, Bergamo
Studio Brescia, Arte Contemporanea, Brescia
Acquired from the above by the present owner circa 1986
Enrico Crispolti, Lucio Fontana Catalogue raisonné des peintures, sculptures et environnements spatiaux rédigé par Enrico Crispolti, Vol. II, Brussels 1974, cat. no. 62-O-49, p. 118, illustrated
Enrico Crispolti, Lucio Fontana Catalogo generale, Milan 1986, cat. no. 62-O-49, p. 100, illustrated
Enrico Crispolti, Lucio Fontana Catalogo ragionato di sculture, dipinti, ambientazioni, Tomo II, Milan 2006, cat. no. 62-O-49, p. 585, illustrated
London, McRoberts & Tunnard, Fontana: Paintings 1962, November - December 1962, cat. no. 9, illustrated
Il Incontro artistico ad Ardesio, July 1973, illustrated
Tokyo, Fuji Television Gallery, Lucio Fontana, March 1986, cat. no. 20, illustrated