Burri is a doctor and he is hypersensitive. Disgusted by the horrors of war he no longer wants to go back to his job but wishes to continue to heal through his art. He adds in acrylic the deep red of blood and the black of soot to the ochre of the sack sewn on the canvas, so offering an unprecedented artistic message.
Around 1955, he leaves his bleeding burlap for experiencing the combustion of wood and plastic, creating forms looking like pustules of flesh that are new invitations to the doctors to combat the effects of the wounds.
Yet in 1959, Burri realizes again a Sacco e Rosso in large size, 150 x 130 cm, which is indeed a synthesis and an achievement of the first period of his artistic career and also perhaps a tribute to the abstract expressionism of Rothko.
This artwork was sold for £ 1,92M including premium by Christie's on February 8, 2007, at a time when the extreme originality of post war Italian art had not yet excited the market. It is estimated £ 9M for sale by Sotheby's in London on February 10, lot 12.
SOLD for £ 9.1M including premium