Lucio Fontana, ‘Battaglia’, 1950, Phillips

This work is registered at the Fondazione Lucio Fontana, Milan, under n. 1160/3.
Property Subject to the Artist's Resale Right (see Conditions of Sale for further information)
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Signature: signed, dated and inscribed 'L. Fontana 50 CE. AS.' on the reverse

Private Collection, Milan
Christie's, Milan, 22 April 2013, lot 79
Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

About Lucio Fontana

Throughout his prolific career, Lucio Fontana demonstrated a relentless interest in the relationship between surface and dimensionality. Fontana formulated the theory of Spatialism in a series of manifestos dating from the late 1940s to early 1950s, proposing that matter should be infiltrated by energy in order to generate dimensional, dynamic artistic forms. Fontana implemented this theory in his series Concetto Spaziale (‘spatial concept’), punching holes in the picture plane and slicing through his canvases in order to expose the dimensional space beneath. Fontana’s innovative theories prefigured later developments in environmental art, performance art, and Arte Povera.

Italian, Argentine b., 1899-1968, Rosario de Santa Fe, Argentina