Giuseppe Penone
Breath 5 1978

Artwork details

Giuseppe Penone born 1947
Breath 5
Soffio 5
Date 1978
Medium Clay
Dimensions Object: 1540 x 830 x 840 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1982
Not on display

Display caption

The clay is modelled on the imagined shape of a breath of air, exhaled from the artist's mouth. At the top is the form of the interior of Penone's mouth, squeezed into the clay. The impression along the side of the clay is of the artist's leg, wearing jeans, as he leans forward. Penone has made many works concerning the impression of man on nature. For 'Breath' Penone has spoken of the influence of mythological explanations of the creation of man.

August 2004