Sergio Romiti

Composition

1960

Not on display

Artist
Sergio Romiti 1928–2000
Original title
Composizione
Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 695 x 648 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by Professor Gino Ghiringhelli 1960
Reference
T00380

Catalogue entry

Sergio Romiti born 1928

T00380 Composition 1960

Inscribed 'romiti' on back of canvas
Oil on canvas, 27 3/8 x 25 1/2 (69.5 x 64.5)
Presented by Gino Ghiringhelli 1960
Prov: Gino Ghiringhelli, Milan (purchased from the artist)

Though this picture has a label on the back of the 1960 Venice Biennale at which a room was devoted to Romiti's work, it does not seem to have been exhibited there. It is not listed in the catalogue and was sent to London at the end of September 1960, several weeks before the Biennale closed.

Asked whether the composition was completely abstract, the artist replied in a letter of 30 March 1970 that he found this a difficult question to answer. Instead he suggested that his paintings be described as 'orfico-futuribile' (which can be roughly translated as 'orphic-futurist').

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, pp.651-2, reproduced p.651

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