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Filippo de Pisis (1896-1958)
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Filippo de Pisis (1896-1958)

K. Composizione I

Filippo de Pisis (1896-1958)
K. Composizione I
signed and dated '22.XII.16 F.de Pisis' (lower right)
gouache, watercolour, collage, pen and ink and gold paint on paper
8 1/4 x 6 1/8 in. (21 x 15.5 cm.)
Executed on 22 December 1916
The artist's studio.
Ernesta Tibertelli, Ferrara.
Bona Tibertelli de Pisis-Pieyre de Mandiargues, by descent from the above, and thence by descent; sale, Christie's, Paris, 24 October 2011, lot 56.
Jean-Luc Baroni Ltd, London, by whom acquired at the above sale.
Acquired from the above by the present owner.
Various authors, Raccolte d'arte a Palazzo Koch in Roma, Rome, 1981 (illustrated pl. 179).
S. Zanotto & B. de Pisis, eds., Filippo de Pisis, Futurismo, dadaismo, metafisica, Quaderni della Fondazione Primo Conti, Milan, 1981, pp. 90-91.
G. Briganti, De Pisis, Catalogo generale, vol. I, Opere 1908-1938, Milan, 1991, no. 1916 4, p. 18 (illustrated).
Ferrara, Galleria civica d'arte moderna, Palazzo dei diamanti, Filippo De Pisis, July - September 1973, no. 2, p. 121 (illustrated).
Verona, Galleria dello Scudo, Filippo de Pisis, December 1978 - January 1979.
Brugherio, Villa Fiorita, Omaggio a De Pisis, June - July 1980, no. 3, p. 90 (illustrated; with incorrect date '1918-20').
Geneva, Galerie Marie-Louise Jeanneret - Art Moderne, Hommage à Filippo De Pisis, October 1980 - January 1981, no. 24, p. 32 (illustrated p. 3).
Ferrara, Palazzo Massari, La Metafisica, Museo documentario, 1981, no. 179, p. 381 (illustrated p. 383; titled 'Composizione I').
Venice, Palazzo Grassi, De Pisis, September - November 1983, no. 2, p. 47 (illustrated; titled 'Composizione con scritta K').
Milan, Padiglione d'arte contemporanea, De Pisis, Opere su carta 1913-1953, September - November 1985, no. 3, p. 29 (illustrated).
Valencia, IVAM Centre Julio González, Filippo de Pisis, July - October 2000, no. 31; this exhibition later travelled to Salzburg, Rupertinum Museum fu¨r moderne und zeitgeno¨ssische Kunst, October - December 2000.
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Lot Essay

By an early age, Fillippo de Pisis had the opportunity to take part in several major movements of the European vanguard. The formation of his aesthetic convictions was profoundly marked by his 1916 meeting with Giorgio de Chirico, Umberto Savinio and Carlo Carrà, who introduced him to metaphysical painting. In the same year, he produced four compositions from a series of five plates, originally intended to be sent to Tristan Tzara for publication in the Dada magazine. However, the war had paralyzed all of Europe and these works never arrived with Tzara. In a letter to Tzara, De Pisis said, “Alas, war is a great enemy of art” (letter from Filippo de Pisis addressed to Tristan Tzara, 11 January 1917).

Instead they were entrusted to his sister, Ernesta Tibertelli, and were kept in the family until sold at Christies, Paris in 2011, as part of the sale of the collection of Bona Tibertelli de Pisis-Pieyre de Mandiargues.

De Pisis devoted himself entirely to painting from 1920 onwards, and was notably in contact with the realistic paintings of the 'Novecento' movement. He went on to develop an aesthetic influenced by his surrealist, futuristic and metaphysical experiences which set him apart from the avant-garde.

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