• Post War and Contemporary Art  auction at Christies

    Sale 7834

    Post War and Contemporary Art Evening Auction

    11 February 2010, London, King Street

  • Lot 14

    Lucio Fontana (1899-1968)

    Concetto spaziale, Attese

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    Lucio Fontana (1899-1968)
    Concetto spaziale, Attese
    signed, titled and inscribed 'l. fontana concetto spaziale ATTESE 1+1 - 374ZZ' (on the reverse)
    waterpaint on canvas
    28½ x 23 5/8in. (72.5 x 60cm.)
    Executed in 1962


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    'With the slash I invented a formula that I don't think I can perfect. I managed with this formula to give the spectator an impression of spatial calm, of cosmic rigour, of serenity in infinity' (Fontana, quoted in E. Crispolti, Lucio Fontana: Catalogo ragionato di sculture, dipinti, ambientazioni, Vol. I, Milan 2006, p. 105).

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    Provenance

    Collection del Vayo, Caracas.
    Anon. sale, Sotheby's London, 10 February 2005, lot 19.
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A PRIVATE COLLECTOR


    Literature

    E. Crispolti, Lucio Fontana: catalogue raisonné des peintures, sculptures et environnements spatiaux, vol. II, Brussels 1974, no. 62 T 11 (illustrated, p. 131).
    E. Crispolti, Lucio Fontana: catalogo generale, vol. II, Milan 1986, no. 62 T 11 (illustrated, p. 444).
    E. Crispolti, Lucio Fontana: catalogo ragionato di sculture, dipinti, ambientazioni, vol. II, Milan 2006, no. 62 T 11 (illustrated, p. 630).