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T00087 Aurora Borealis 1952
Inscribed 'Crippa 52' on back of canvas
Oil on canvas, 23 5/8 x 27 5/8 (60 x 70)
Presented by Charles Damiano 1956
Prov: Antonio Boschi, Milan (purchased from the artist); Charles Damiano, London
The artist wrote that his paintings from 1948 to 1954 belonged to a period known as 'Spaziale' (Spatial) because he took part at that time, with Lucio Fontana, in the Movimento Spaziale. The movement took account of new scientific research and inventions, and he himself explored new worlds, new ideas of space and new rules in a universe which included man and his problems. The world seemed to him to have become larger and more complex and he began a study of the place of man in this new situation. His later work was also concerned with this problem (letter of 16 January 1970).
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, p.134, reproduced p.134