Detail View

Fenice
Date: 1968
Culture: Italian
Dimensions: sheet: 25 1/2 x 19 3/4 in. (64.8 x 50.2 cm) image: 11 3/4 x 9 3/4 in. (29.8 x 24.8 cm)
Medium: aquatint
Credit Line: Bequest of Charlotte Collins from the Charles and Charlotte Collins Collection
Label Text: Piero Dorazio’s work is recognizable by either intense cross-hatching or luminous bands of overlapping color, which may be geometrically ruled or more lyrically traced, as in Fenice. This work offers a glimpse of sweeping, dancing, colored lines. Dorazio may have begun to paint these ribbons, which would dominate his subsequent work, during a stay in New York in the 1950s. Though exposure to American Abstract Expressionists may have reinforced his commitment to abstraction, Dorazio’s interest originated from his study of early-20th-century European traditions, including the dynamic movement and line of Italian Futurist painters. He is recognized as a father of Italian abstraction.
Object Number: 2009.17
Currently not on view