"Lucio Fontana - The Artist's Materials" by Pia Gottschaller

Lucio Fontana - The Artist's Materials Pia Gottschaller

Paperback / softback
Publication date:
26 Jul 2012
Getty Publications
152 pages: 253 x 191 x 11mm
76 full-colour & 18 b&w illustrations

This is the first English language technical study of one of the most important Italian artists of the post-WWII period. Lucio Fontana (1899-1968) is widely regarded as one of the most influential and innovative post-World War II Italian artists. Best known for his tagli - slashed, mostly monochromatic canvases - Fontana fashioned a remarkably multifaceted oeuvre that encompasses architecture, sculpture, and ceramics, as well as painting. In his quest to expand the vocabulary of his art, Fontana subjected the pictorial surface of his paintings to a remarkable assortment of punctures, gashes, and slashes, as well as adornments of glass fragments, glittering aluminium flakes, and sand. This richly illustrated book presents the first technical study in English of this important painter. Initial chapters present an informative overview of Fontana's life and work.

Pia Gottschaller is a freelance paintings curator and conservator.