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80,000 to - 120,000 EUR




80,000 to - 120,000 EUR

Lot sold:




1927 - 2005


signed, titled and dated 1961 on the reverse

oil on canvas

This work is registered in the Archivio Piero Dorazio, Milan, and it is accompanied by a certificate issued by Archivio Piero Dorazio, Milan.

(firmato, intitolato e datato 1961 sul retro

olio su tela

Opera registrata presso l'Archivio Piero Dorazio, Milano, ed accompagnata da certificato rilasciato dall'Archivio Piero Dorazio, Milano.)

cm 73x54,5; inches 28.7 by 21.5

Framed (con cornice): cm 76,6x57,7x4,2; inches 30.15 by 22.71 by 1.65

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This work is in very good condition. There are a few scattered pin-pointed traces of organic dirt visible only under close inspection. (L'OPERA E' IN CONDIZIONI CONSERVATIVE MOLTO BUONE. VI SONO ALCUNE PUNTIFORMI TRACCE DI SPORCO ORGANICO SPARSE VISIBILI SOLO A UNA OSSERVAZIONE MOLTO RAVVICINATA).

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The Artist

Private Collection, Rome (Acquired directly from the above by the present owner - Ivi acquistato direttamente dall'attuale proprietario)

Marisa Volpi Orlandi, Jacques Lassaigne and Giorgio Crisafri, Dorazio, Venice 1977, n. 487, illustrated (detail - particolare)

Florence, Galleria Quadrante, Piero Dorazio, 1962

Milan, Galleria dell’Ariete, Piero Dorazio, 1962

"Dorazio leaves the edge of the painting uncovered so that we can see the times and ways in which he has intervened on the canvas. We understand how that dense network of layers is born. On the one hand tending towards the monochrome with the insistence on a dominant colour and the use of overlapping layers that are still wet and mixing with one another […] On the other, tending to build themselves into a fabric with regular hives, whose brightness allows dark backgrounds to shine through, and vice versa."

Marisa Volpi Orlandi, Jacques Lassaigne and Giorgio Crisafri, Dorazio, Venice 1977, p. 9

“Dorazio lascia il margine del quadro scoperto perchè vi si possano scorgere i tempi e i modi dei suoi interventi sulla tela: si capisce come nasce quella fitta rete di stratificazioni, ora tendenti al monocromo con l’insistenza su un colore dominante e l’uso di sovrapposizioni di stesure ancora umide e mescolantesi […] ora tendenti a costruirsi in un tessuto ad arnie regolari, la cui luminosità lascia traspirare fondi oscuri, o viceversa.”