Concetto Spaziale


Fontana is well known for his Concetto Spaziale (‘spatial concepts’) depictions, egg-like shapes in undefined and monochrome spaces, which he started making around the late 1940’s / early 1950’s. He used different techniques; in his Pietre (‘stones’) series he fused the sculptural with painting by encrusting the surfaces of his canvases with heavy impasto and colored glass, whereas in his Buchi (‘holes’) cycles, he punctured the surface of his canvases, breaking the membrane of two-dimensionality in order to highlight the space behind the picture.

In this particular piece, Fontana combined techniques he applied earlier. After drewing the shape of the concetto spaziale with pencil on the canvas he filled the round surface with subtle pieces of glass or paillettes, while afterwards pinching holes into it, creating three-dimensionality. The piece was made on Christmas’ night, December 24th, 1966, as stated by the inscription on the reverse of the panel.


Private collection, Milan;
Private collection, Milan;
Private collection, Netherlands


2016 TEFAF 2016, SmithDavidson Gallery, Maastricht, The Netherlands
2016 Palm Beach Jewelry, Art and Antique Show, SmithDavidson Gallery, Palm Beach, USA
2015 ArtMiami, SmithDavidson Gallery, Miami, USA
2015 TEFAF 2015, Leslie Smith Gallery (SDG), Maastricht, The Netherlands
2015 Zero: Let Us Explore the Stars, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands



Enrico Crispolti, Lucio Fontana. Catalogue raisonné des peintures, sculptures et environnements spatiaux, La Connaissance, Brussels, 1974, vol. II, p. 148-149, no. 66-67, B17;
Enrico Crispolti, Fontana. Catalogo generale, Electa, Milano, 1986, vol. II, p. 508, no. 66-67, B17;
Enrico Crispolti, Lucio Fontana. Catalogo ragionato di sculture, dipinti, ambientazioni, Skira, Milano, 2006, Vol. II, p. 698, no. 66-67, B17.

Lucio Fontana

b. 19.02.1899
Rosario, Argentina

d. 07.09.1968
Varese, Italy

Argentine-Italian painter and sculptor Lucio Fontana (1899-1968) is considered founder and representative of Spatialism. Followers of ‘Spazialismo’ (the Italian translation), which arose in the late 1940’s, intended to synthesize colour, sound, space, movement, and time into a new type of art. Fontana published his ideas of the movement in his Manifesto Blanco in Argentina in 1946. He p . . .
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