Lucio Fontana Nature 1959–60

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Artist
Lucio Fontana 1899–1968
Title
Nature
Natura
Date 1959–60
Medium Bronze
Dimensions Object: 610 x 730 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1983
Reference
T03588
Not on display

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Nature is one of a series of works made by cutting a gash across a sphere of terracotta clay, which Fontana subsequently cast in bronze. He believed that the incision was a ‘vital sign’, signalling ‘a desire to make the inert material live’. Fontana was concerned with transformation, and the shifting, yet indestructible density of matter. The Nature series was partly inspired by thoughts of the ‘atrocious unnerving silence’ awaiting man in space, and the need to leave a ‘living sign’ of the artist’s presence.

December 2005

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