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    Sale 12244

    The Italian Sale

    6 October 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 135


    E se prendessimo trenta pittori... (What if we Take Thirty Painters...)

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    E se prendessimo trenta pittori... (What if we Take Thirty Painters...)
    titled ‘E se prendessimo trenta pittori’ (upper left); signed and dated ‘Baruchello 1977’ (lower right); signed and dated ‘Baruchello 1977’ (on the reverse); signed, titled and dated ‘E se prendessimo trenta pittori…Baruchello 1977’ (on the reverse)

    enamel and ink on canvas
    70 7/8 x 70 7/8in. (180 x 180cm.)
    Executed in 1977

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    ‘The voyage of my mind was guiding me in all directions, inside and outside, never one-way but always focused on fragments and emptiness.’ (G. Baruchello, quoted in https://elephantmag.com/5-questions-with-gianfranco-baruchello/ [Accessed 31/08/2016])

    Over the course of his extensive career, Gianfranco Baruchello has explored a vast compendium of signs, ideas and concepts in his work, creating artworks which straddle the boundary between abstraction and figuration as they examine the relationship between the internal psyche and the external body. E se prendessimo trenta pittori... (What if we take thirty painters...), realized in 1977, perfectly encapsulates his unique artistic idiom. The large canvas appears as a white platform on which the artist freely composes a series of half sentences, floating words, broken concepts, scattered letters and scribbled images of animals, human beings, and architecture. Meticulously constructed, layer by layer, Baruchello’s work explores the mechanics of thought, tracing the paths of the artist’s ideas as they weave through the labyrinth of his mind. The title of the work refers to a legendary letter by Lenin, written in 1919 (which also partly appears on the canvas surface), in which the Russian leader proclaimed art to be the most revolutionary force in society. By appropriating this statement, Baruchello invites his viewer to reflect upon the power of art, and its original pure utopian value.

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    Artist's Resale Right ("Droit de Suite"). Artist's Resale Right Regulations 2006 apply to this lot, the buyer agrees to pay us an amount equal to the resale royalty provided for in those Regulations, and we undertake to the buyer to pay such amount to the artist's collection agent.


    Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner.


    Munich, Galerie Buchholz, Baruchello. Paintings, boxes, drawings, 1978.
    Paris, Palais des Beaux Arts, Coobook, 2013.

    Post Lot Text

    This work is registered in the Fondazione Baruchello, Rome, under no. 140210153452, and it is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity.