Lucio Fontana’s Art


Lucio Fontana is one of the most controversial contemporary artist, that together with Marcel Duchamp and Piero Manzoni broke definitively all the art rules, just like all the greatest innovators can do.

Born in Rosario, province of Santa Fe (Argentine) in 1899, he followed his father footsteps as sculptor, starting to work right in the family studio. His very beginnings moved in the Argentine and Italian abstract and expressionist scene, reaching soon a great fame with the creation of the art movement called Spazialismo (Spatialism) through the theories collected in five manifestos between 1947 and 1952. “Matter, color and sound in motion are the phenomena whose simultaneous development makes up the new art”.

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His first work called Concetto spaziale (Spatial Concept), or Tagli (Slashes) was in 1949, a monochrome painting with a sharp and very precise slash on the canvas, “to discover the space beyond”.

In the meantime his work also focused on sculptures and neon installation, and in the ’60s he started to create huge egg-shaped canvases, always monochromes as the Slashes, using a heavy impasto with the colors of Easter eggs. These pieces had a lot of holes on their surfaces and were called Concetto Spaziale, La Fine de Dio (Spatial Concept, the End of God).

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photo courtesy ©Fondazione Lucio Fontana