Modern art must be total, encompassing altogether painting and sculpture. La Fine di Dio, which is a subset started in 1963 within the Concetto Spaziale series, offers a new format to the mystic message of the artist throughout its diversity.
The canvas is cut in an oval shape whose standardized dimension of 178 x 123 cm is comparable to humans in its height. The monochrome surface is pierced with holes of various diameters whose disposition guides the imagination to a spiral galaxy or to the craters on a dry planet.
The color helps to support the extent of knowledge from egg to cosmos. The egg is a symbol of birth and a perfect form that already influenced Brancusi. The bright yellow examples of the Fine di Dio are among the latest in the series, in 1964. The artist explores and maintains the splashes of his still wet paint when he introduces his piercing tool to expand the craters.
This dual symbol of life, through shape and color, is a sumptuous achievement. A painting with a nearly homogeneous distribution of the holes was sold for £ 1,38M including premium by Sotheby's on June 25, 2003, long before the art market discovered the importance of Fontana.
The ultimate synthesis is achieved in the artwork for sale as lot 15B by Christie's on November 10 in New York, combining spiral or swirling patterns with a golden look of the surface. An indiscretion from Bloomberg reveals an estimate in the region of $ 30M.
SOLD for $ 29M including premium