Like Dubuffet, Burri uses burlap. He goes further than Dubuffet by using this ordinary material not like a canvas but as the essential element of his art to which he adds large monochrome areas in the most aggressive colors, very bright red, black and sometimes ochre.
In the mid-1950s, Burri adds fire to his process. He tries in parallel the rapid burning of plastics and the slow burning of wood veneer which is easier to control by the operator.
By their automatic evolution after the firing, his combustions of plastics will open the way to the flows of kaolin by Manzoni and to the epic combustions by Yves Klein. The cosmic effect in his use of painting is subsequent to Barnett Newman but stimulates Fontana.
On November 15 in New York, Phillips sells Grande Legno e Rosso which is his largest artwork to include a wood burning, 150 x 250 cm. Exhibited as early as 1957, it is however dated 57-59. This wood, acrylic and combustion on canvas is estimated $ 10M, lot 6. Please watch the video prepared by the auction house.