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Lot 37 Dα

Piero Dorazio - Gli Incamminati

Auction 1233 - overview Cologne
01.12.2023, 18:00 - Evening Sale - Modern and Contemporary Art
Estimate: 100.000 € - 150.000 €
Result: 214.200 € (incl. premium)

Piero Dorazio

Gli Incamminati

Oil on canvas. 125 x 260 cm. Framed. Signed, dated and titled 'PIERO DORAZIO 1968 "GLI INCAMMINATI" verso on canvas. - Minimal traces of age.

Piero Dorazios work, which was dedicated to abstraction early on, was subject to continual individual forms of expression. Free arrangements of gestural structures in the 1950s were followed by close-knit mesh and grid paintings. In the mid-1960s, these grids opened up and the artist now worked with thick strips and bands of colour.
In his tireless exploration of colour, Dorazio strived to reach a full-fledged intrinsic value similar to that of natural phenomena. “With the means of colour, one must create a space that is itself a living reality, in which others can identify the living progression of existence and growth as a fact. I wish it were possible to create a colour from which neither a dream nor the interpretation of an external reality could be deducted. A colour that, by the way it assumes its own identity and "simply is", would contain the fundamental values of our relationship with nature, at least those that we know and feel.” (Piero Dorazio, cited from: exhib.cat. Piero Dorazio, Galerie Im Erker, St. Gallen 1966, n.pag.).
In its colouristic force, “Gli Incamminati“ (the wayfarers) exemplify what Dorazio describes here. In a panorama-like format, an autonomous colour space unfolds that incorporates the natural tone of the unpainted parts of the canvas. Vertical and diagonal strips of colour populate this space, reaching out dynamically, and refer to moments of movement without reproducing representational subjects.

Catalogue Raisonné

Giorgio Crisafi, Dorazio, Venedig 1977, cat.rais.no.1047


Marlborough Galleria d'Arte, Rom (adhesive label verso);
Westend Galerie, Frankfurt/M. (adhesive label verso);
Sotheby's, London, 26.06.2009, lot 140; private collection, Hesse


Berlin 1969 (Haus am Waldsee), Piero Dorazio, Gemälde 1958-1968, exhib.cat. no. 65
Frankfurt/M. (Frankfurter Kunstverein, Steinernes Haus) (adhesive label verso)