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Carlo Zinelli (1916-1974)
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Carlo Zinelli (1916-1974)

Untitled, 1957

Details
Carlo Zinelli (1916-1974)
Untitled, 1957
gouache and ink on paper
19 x 27 in.
Provenance
Jennifer Pinto Safian, New York
Literature
Annie Carlano, ed., Vernacular Visionaries: International Outsider Art (Yale University Press, 2003), p. 8 and cover (paperback edition).
Exhibited
Santa Fe, Museum of International Folk Art, Vernacular Visionaries: International Outsider Art in Context, 31 October 2003 - 29 August 2004.

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Lot Essay

In 1947, 31-year-old Carlo Zinelli was released from military service, diagnosed with schizophrenia, and committed to a hospital in Verona. A decade later he began drawing, developing and evolving a distinctive, graphic style championed by artist Jean Dubuffet, among others. An early work by the artist, this piece already displays the bold, graphic quality, infused with humor and fear, that permeates Zinelli's oeuvre. Drawings from this period often include small figures and objects in a series of vignettes sharing, though not always interacting on, a single page.

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