Provenance Acquired directly from the artist by the previous owner circa 1962 Thence by descent to the present owner
Literature Ed. Giulio Carlo Argan, Capogrossi, Rome 1967, p.187 no. 432, illustrated in black and white, also with full page black and white illustration plate 49.
"Kandinksy, Mondrian have travelled the same path; from the shadows into the light, from drama to lyricism, from sadness to joy. And what is the 'symbol' of Capogrossi if not the secret image of self and of the world?"
Gualtieri di San Lazzaro,Capogrossi, edited by Giulio Carlo Argan, Rome, 1967 p.24
Superficie 404 features Giuseppe Capogrossi's characteristic fork-like forms, their stark black and white rhythms lifted here with a dash of stunning red. Born in Rome in the opening year of the new century, it was only in his 50s that the artist finally arrived at his distinctive abstract style. Having studied law in the early 1920s, it was years of international travel that opened Capogrossi's eyes to the changing artistic possibilities that Europe had to offer; on his return to the Italian capital he collaborated with Alberto Burri, Mario Balloco, and Ettore Colla to form the Origine Group, which called for a new return to the fundamentals of non-figurative art. And while his influences over the years may have included everyone from Picasso to Klimt, the timeless power of Capogrossi's own visual language has ensured that his reputation still continues to grow both in Italy and across the world.