Senza titolo (I colori), 1960


Untitled (The Colours)

Unprimed canvas, tempera and ink on canvas

35 x 45 cm

Signed and dated on the verso, lower stretcher bar, centre: “Giulio Paolini 1960”

Private collection

The left half of a canvas painted with white tempera is covered with a thin unprimed canvas and reveals a series of "colour tests", while the right half shows a series of almost illegible "writing tests", arranged so that they correspond to the colours and referring to their names.

G. Celant, Un folle amore. La Collezione Luigi e Peppino Agrati (Milan: Skira editore, 2002), col. repr. p. 280, entry p. 403 cat. no. 387 (incompletely titled “Senza titolo”).
Giulio Paolini 1960-1972, edited by G. Celant (Milan: Fondazione Prada, 2003), col. repr. p. 43.
M. Disch, Giulio Paolini. Catalogo ragionato 1960-1999, vol. 1 (Milan: Skira editore, 2008), cat. no. 2 p. 50, col. repr.
L’arte moderna in Intesa Sanpaolo. La collezione Luigi e Peppino Agrati, edited by C. Pirovano and F. Tedeschi (Milan: Electa, 2012), cat. no. 361 p. 296 entry by K. McManus, col. repr.
F. Belloni, Giulio Paolini. Disegno geometrico, 1960. In collezione 6 (Turin-Mantua: Fondazione Giulio e Anna Paolini and Corraini Edizioni, 2019), pp. 42, 44, col. repr. p. 44.
Entry by Maddalena Disch , 03/10/2023