• Post War and Contemporary Art  auction at Christies

    Sale 7834

    Post War and Contemporary Art Evening Auction

    11 February 2010, London, King Street

  • Lot 21

    Lucio Fontana (1899-1968)

    Concetto spaziale

    Price Realised  


    Lucio Fontana (1899-1968)
    Concetto spaziale
    signed 'l. fontana' (lower right); signed and titled 'l. fontana Concetto spaziale' (on the reverse)
    oil on canvas
    39 3/8 x 31 7/8in. (100 x 81cm.)
    Executed in 1961

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    '...beyond perspective... the discovery of the cosmos is a new dimension, it is infinity, so I make a hole in this canvas, which was at the basis of all the arts and I have created an infinite dimension... the idea is precisely that, it is a new dimension corresponding to the cosmos... The hole is, precisely, creating this void behind there... Einsteins discovery of the cosmos is the infinite dimension, without end. And so here we have: foreground, middleground and background... to go farther what do I have to do?... I make holes, infinity passes through them, light passes through them, there is no need to paint (quoted in Enrico Crispolti, 'Spatialism and Informel. The Fifties' in Lucio Fontana, exh. cat., Rome, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome 1998, p. 146).

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    Galerie Rive Droite, Paris.
    Anon. sale, Christie's London, 28 June 1990, lot 455.
    Private Collection, U.S.A.
    Anon. sale, Christie's London, 23 October 2001, lot 130.
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner.


    E. Crispolti, Lucio Fontana, Catalogue raisonné des peintures, sculptures et environnements spatiaux, vol. II, Milan 1974, no. 61 O 105 (illustrated, p. 115).
    E. Crispolti, Fontana, Catalogo generale, vol. I, Milan 1986, no. 61 O 105 (illustrated, p. 385).
    E. Crispolti, Lucio Fontana: Catalogo ragionato di sculture, dipinti, ambientazioni, vol. II, Milan 2006, no. 61 O 105 (illustrated, p. 571).


    Lissone, Ente Comunale del Mobile di Lissone, Undicesima Settimana Lissonese, XII Premio Lissone, 1961 (illustrated).
    Paris, Galerie Rive Droite, 'Concetti spaziali' de Fontana: peintures 1949-61, November 1961, no. 9.
    New York, Sperone Westwater, Lucio Fontana, February-April 2000, no. 7 (illustrated).