15 - 16 January 2004
CARLO ZINELLI (1916-1974)
signed 'Carlo' (right center); extensive inscriptions (both sides)
double-sided: tempera and pencil on paper
19½ x 27½ in. (49.5 x 69.9 cm.)
Gael Mendelsohn, New York
Fred Giampietro, New York, 1998
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Carlo Zinelli, Marsilio, 2000, p. 583, nos. 823a-b;
Andreoli, et al., Carlo, Tempere, Collages, Sculture, 1957-1974, Marsilio, 1992, p. 271, nos. 128a-b.
Institutionalized after traumatic experiences that he suffered during World War II, Carlo Zinelli began making gouaches in 1957. Their subjects are repeated images of bulbous figures, birds and horses, rendered in flat, hieroglyphic-like silhouettes that generally cover both sides of the sheet.
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