signed and dated 51 on the reverse
oil on canvas
79.5 by 99.5 cm.
31 5/16 by 39 3/16 in.
This work is accompanied by a photo-certificate of authenticity issued by Galleria Pace and Roberto Crippa Jr, Milan and will be published in the forthcoming Catalogo Generale delle Opere di Roberto Crippa.
PROVENANCE Damiano Collection, Italy Acquired directly from the above by the present owner
EXHIBITED London, Institute of Contemporary Art, Paintings from the Damiano Collection, 1959
A friend of Lucio Fontana, with whom he signed the third Manifesto dello Spazialismo in 1950, Roberto Crippa was one of the first Italian artists to use gestural painting. In Spirali, his most important series, the artist's nearly circular but never perfectly round gestures create intense movements that seem to project the lines out of the pictorial space. This challenges the bidimensionality of the canvas, placing the work firmly in the Spatialist tradition.