Tempera and unprimed canvas on canvas

40 x 30 cm

Signed and dated on the verso on a white paper square applied to the centre of the lower stretcher bar: “Giulio Paolini 1961”

Baldassarre Collection

A thin unprimed canvas, stretched across the upper half of a canvas painted with white tempera, is torn in the lower right corner, thus allowing the viewer to glimpse a stain left by the dark pigment preliminarily dripped from the upper part of the canvas.
The unprimed canvas hides the image, but at the same time it offers the viewer a glimpse of the traces of a hidden subject.

1970 Prato, Palazzo Pretorio, Due decenni di eventi artistici in Italia: 1950-70, October - November, cat. no. 57, repr. n. pag. (rotated 90 degree clockwise).
Giulio Paolini (Parma: Università di Parma, Centro Studi e Archivio della Comunicazione, 1976), repr. no. 10.
Giulio Paolini 1960-1972, edited by G. Celant (Milan: Fondazione Prada, 2003), repr. p. 148 (detail, installation view in the artist’s studio).
M. Disch, Giulio Paolini. Catalogo ragionato 1960-1999, vol. 1 (Milan: Skira editore, 2008), cat. no. 6 p. 52, col. repr.
Entry by Maddalena Disch, 21/01/2022