Roberto Crippa

Aurora Borealis

1952

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Original title
Aurora Boreale
Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 600 x 702 mm
frame: 630 x 733 x 48 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased 1956
Reference
T00087

Catalogue entry

Roberto Crippa 1921-1972

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).

Published in:
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

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