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
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.
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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