Giuseppe Capogrossi (1900-1972)
Superficie 433
signed, titled and dated '"Superficie 433" Capogrossi 961' (on the reverse)
oil on canvas
718 x 912in. (18 x 24cm.)
Painted in 1961
Collezione Cucurullo, Genoa.
Galleria d'Arte del Naviglio, Milan.
Galleria d'Arte Rinaldo Rotta, Genoa.
Acquired from the above by the present owner.
G. C. Argan, Capogrossi, Rome 1967, no. 478 (illustrated, p. 192).
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Painted in 1961, Superficie 433 is a minute, but perfectly-formed example of Giuseppe Capogrossi’s celebrated Superficie series. Against a crimson ground, Capogrossi has painted his forked sign, in thick black lines. The Superficie series was begun in 1949 when Capogrossi conclusively turned away from figurative imagery. Embracing an abstracted geometry, he developed what would becoming his signature motif: pronged-shaped images, which have no symbolical or historical resonance, and thus little meaning, but like an alphabet, forms which can be continuously reconfigured. For Capogrossi, sign and structure were inherently linked and fundamental to the creation of a new pictorial language.

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