Piero Dorazio - Desiderata
Oil on canvas. 75 x 50 cm. In plexiglass box. Signed and dated 'DORAZIO 58'. Signed, dated and titled 'PIERO DORAZIO "desiderata" 1958 11.' verso on canvas. - Minor traces of age.
''In his pictures Dorazio always takes his cue from the surface, he respects the two dimensionality of the picture surface, which needs to be overcome. The figurations which animated his early works, are subordinated more and more to the surface in the development process, they are transformed, as can be read from the pictures, more and more to a structural framework which partly divides and rhythmicizes the surface and partly directs the ground paint in its progression. (…) When one considers the the rich production of 1958, one notices two things: one, that Dorazio is a thinking painter, a painter that probably knows what he is doing (not why he is doing it), and secondly that the invention of his slender colour structures can be continued originally und ad infinitum. So that the method does not constrict him he allows it the freedom to articulate the 'void' in terms of Taoism. The visible 'net', if one wishes to initially characterise the surface in that way, is indeed not the primary, it lies over the framework of the coloured structures, and with that the the eye is relieved of seeing and recognising.'' (Karl-Heinz Hering, in: Piero Dorazio, exhib.cat. Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf 1961, pp. 4-6)
Galerie Springer, Berlin (label verso); private collection, Baden-Wuerttemberg
Berlin 1969 (Haus am Waldsee), Piero Dorazio, exhib.cat.no.6