LUCIO FONTANA | CONCETTO SPAZIALE
FROM A GENTLEMAN'S COLLECTION
1899 - 1968
signed and dated 59
enamel, holes and graffiti on brass sheet
This work is registered in the Fondazione Lucio Fontana, Milan, under the n. 1367/44.
(firmato e datato 59
smalto, buchi e graffito su lamierina di ottone
Opera registrata presso la Fondazione Lucio Fontana, Milano, con il n. 1367/44.)
cm 22,4x23; inches 8.81 by 9.05
Framed: cm 45,5x46x3,5; inches 17.91 by 18.11 by 1.37
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This work is in very good condition. The unevenness of the surface is due to the artist's choice of media and working method. The brass sheet is fixed to the corners of a wooden support. (L'OPERA E' IN CONDIZIONI CONSERVATIVE MOLTO BUONE. LE ONDULAZIONI DELLA SUPERFICIE SONO INERENTI ALLE SCELTE DEL MATERIALE E DEL METODO LAVORATIVO DELL'ARTISTA. LA LAMIERINA DI OTTONE E' FISSATA AI QUATRRO ANGOLI AL SUPPORTO LIGNEO).
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Studio La Medusa, Rome
Galleria del Naviglio, Milan
Acquired from the above by the family of the present owner (Ivi acquistato dalla famiglia dell'attuale proprietario)
"He is the enemy of media purity, and chooses the ambiguous borders between the arts, where paintings look like sculpture and sculpture meet painting halfway, in a series of overlappings and conflations."
Lawrence Alloway, in Ten Paintings of Venice, exhibition catalogue, Martha Jackson Gallery, New York 1961
"[Fontana] è il nemico della purezza dei media e ha scelto l'ambiguo confine tra le arti, dove i dipinti sembrano sculture e la scultura incontra la pittura a metà strada, in una serie di sovrapposizioni e mescolanze".