20th Century Italian Sale Sotheby's London - 15 October, 2007 Lucio Fontana (1899-1968) Concetto Spaziale, Attese signed, titled and inscribed Questo quadro a sette tagli... on the reverse waterpaint on canvas Executed in 1968. Estimate: £700,000 - £1,000,000

Spotlight: Lucio Fontana. Concetto Spaziale, Attese | 1966

20th Century Italian Sale Sotheby’s London – 15 October, 2007 Lucio Fontana (1899-1968) Concetto Spaziale, Attese signed, titled and inscribed Questo quadro a sette tagli… on the reverse waterpaint on canvas Executed in 1968. Estimate: £700,000 – £1,000,000

Four dramatically rendered incisions perforate the otherwise smooth and pristine surface of Lucio Fontana’s vibrant scarlet painting Concetto Spaziale, Attese  (Spatial Concept, Expectation). Executed in 1966, at the pinnacle of the artist’s critically acclaimed and vastly influential career, the work exemplifies Fontana’s revolutionary series of slapsed canvases, known as the tagli , or cuts.

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Fontana created his tagli  using a sharp blade that he would dexterously manipulate in his studio to swiftly slash, in a singular descending gesture, his still-damp canvases. He would then viscerally widen the incisions using his fingers. Finally, he would apply black gauze to the reverse of the ruptured canvas to accentuate its impression of endless and eternal depth.

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