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    Sale 5396

    Post War & Contemporary Art

    11 December 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 480

    Fausto Melotti (1901-1986)

    In Viaggio verso L'Infinito

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    Fausto Melotti (1901-1986)
    In Viaggio verso L'Infinito
    brass
    8¼ x 18 1/8 x 3in. (21 x 46 x 7.6cm.)
    Executed in 1970


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    This work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by the artist and dated 6/7/82.

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    Provenance

    Renata Wirtz Collection, Milan.
    Ugo Mulas Collection, Milan.
    Acquired from the above by the present owner.


    Saleroom Notice

    Please note that the the measurements for this lot should be 8¼ x 18 1/8 x 3in. (21 x 46 x 7.6cm.) and not as stated in the catalogue.


    Pre-Lot Text

    Fausto Melotti's elegantly diminutive, finely wrought sculptures employ curved, flat and linear shapes that perch upon thin metal rods. Sometimes only barely asserting their identity as material objects, they dispense with not only the monumentality but even the physical mass of traditional sculpture. His innate feeling for rhythm is reflected by impalpable lines, condensing poetry and music with a dynamic and vision. Melotti achieves this great sculptural ambition of drawing in space.


    Literature

    G. Celant, Melotti Catalogo Generale, Sculture 1973-1986 e Bassorilievi, vol. 1, Milan 1994, no. 28 (illustrated, p. 512).