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Roberto Crippa (Italian, 1921–1972)
LOT ID: 79744
This Looking Head + Boar (two works), 1961

Watercolor, Mixed Media, onmixed media on board + watercolor, collage on paper (2 works)
9.37 х 10.75 in. (23.8 x 27.3 cm.)
Signed, "THIS LOOKING HEAD" is titled with year and location "Tokyo 1961" on the reverse. "BOAR" is signed and dated, lower right front in pencil.
Lot description
This lot is for two mixed media paintings by famous Italian artist Roberto Crippa (1921-1972). Both works date to 1961, both are unframed and both in excellent condition. Details as follows for both works:
1) "This Looking Head", (1961)
Mixed media, wood, cork on board.
Dimensions: 9.37 x 10.75 inches (22.5 x 27.3 cm)
Signed, title and year all on the reverse.

2) "Boar", (1961)
Mixed media (watercolor and collage) on paper.
Dimensions: 8.54 x 12.2 inch (21.7 x 31 cm)
signed and year on lower right in pencil, front.

Roberto Crippa was a famous Mopdern Italian painter and sculptor, born in Milan. He studied at the Brera Academy, Milan, under Carpi and Carrà. His first one-man exhibition was at the Galleria Bergamini, Milan, 1947. After a brief period of geometrical abstraction, he collaborated with Lucio Fontana in the Spazialismo movement; and was friends and colleagues with artists Dova, Peverelli, Donati. Crippa was one of those who signed the Spazialismo manifestos of 1950-3 and is credited with pioneering action painting in Italy with his calligraphic spiral paintings 1949-52. Partly through contacts with the Surrealists Lam, Matta and Brauner, Cripps turned to painting totem-like personages starting in the mid 1950s and from 1956 onwards also made cast iron sculptures. In 1958 he began to make collage-reliefs incorporating wood, newspaper, etc. and sometimes evoking imaginary landscapes or figures; his later collage-paintings tended to become more brilliant in colour.
Selected Museum Collections:
USA: MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
U.K.:
- Tate Liverpool, Liverpool
- Tate Britain, Londra
France:
- Musée d'Art moderne de Saint-Etienne, Saint-Etienne
- Musée d'Art Moderne et Contemporain (MAMCS), Strasburgo
Germany:
- Städtisches Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach
Greece:
- MMCA Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Salonicco
Italy:-
MUSEION - Museum für moderne und zeitgenössische Kunst , Bolzano
MART- Museo d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, Rovereto
Ca´la Ghironda - Museo d´Arte Classica, Moderna e Contemporanea, Zola Predosa (BO)
This Looking Head + Boar (two works) by Roberto Crippa
  • This Looking Head + Boar (two works) by Roberto Crippa
  • This Looking Head + Boar (two works) by Roberto Crippa
  • This Looking Head + Boar (two works) by Roberto Crippa
  • This Looking Head + Boar (two works) by Roberto Crippa
  • This Looking Head + Boar (two works) by Roberto Crippa
  • This Looking Head + Boar (two works) by Roberto Crippa
  • This Looking Head + Boar (two works) by Roberto Crippa
  • This Looking Head + Boar (two works) by Roberto Crippa
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