Luca Crippa 'Untitled (Venezia Graphic)'

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In 1973, a printmaking studio in Venice – Centro Internazionale Della Grafica Venezia – commissioned nineteen artists to respond to Venice. The portfolio, titled Venice Yesterday Today Tomorrow, brings together senior Italian artists. Disparate in style and philosophy, these works present a portal into the lineage, tensions and desires of Venice, once the heart of Western art.

In Luca Crippas ‘Untitled (Venezia Graphic)’ Venezia topples from the sky. Against a muted cityscape – birds flocking, terrace houses wearing and clouds stirring – a storm brews. The dream of Venice falls from the sky to the canals below.

Rather than a Death in Venice, this work is the death of Venice – told with humour and elegance. As writer Guido Le Noci has written, Crippas "eyes are two swords", searing into their subject. Untitled (Venezia Graphic) will make a fascinating addition to collections of twentieth century art.

Luca CRIPPA (1924 - 2002)
'Untitled (Venezia Graphic)' 1973
lithograph on paper
Edition of 100
Image Size: 42 x 61 cm
Dimensions: 49 x 69 cm
Signed: Signed lower right; editioned lower left. Comitato aiap Italiano; embossed lower right.
Comes with Letter of Provenance

From Venezia Ieri Oggi Domani published by the Centro Internazionale Della Grafica Venezia 1973.

Condition: Excellent

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