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Lot 273: Achille Perilli

Lot 273: Achille Perilli

Lo Scopo Della Vita

Oil on canvas
Signed and dated "Perilli 62" lower right; signed, dated, and titled verso; retains Galeria Bonino, Ltd. label verso
Canvas: 39.5" x 32"; Frame: 41" x 33.625"
Exhibited: "XIV Mostra Nazionale Premio Del Fiorino," Florence, May 15-June 15, 1963
Literature: XIV Mostra Nazionale Premio Del Fiorino. Unione Fiorentina exh. cat. 1963. 129.
Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000
Price Realized: $34,375
Inventory Id: 20272

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Achille Perilli was born in 1927 in Rome. As a young painter he helped found Gruppo Arte Sociale (Social Art Group) in 1945 with other pioneers of abstract painting in Italy. Determined to bring back form as an artistic concern, Perilli helped compose the Forma 1 manifesto (published in the magazine of the same name) in 1947. These artists adhered to the ideals of form and abstraction above all else, and were influenced by constructivism and concrete art as well.

Perilli exhibited widely in Italy and abroad; he is a mainstay in Italian postwar painting. He is known for dynamic cubist compositions of fragmented shapes and color fields, which are almost optical illusions, multifaceted and multidimensional. Perilli was included in what is considered to be the first exhibition of exclusively Italian abstract art, Abstract and Concrete Art in Italy (1951), at the National Gallery of Modern Art in Rome. The painting Lo Scopo Della Vita (1962) was included in the national exhibition XIV Mostra Nazionale Premio Del Fiorino in Florence in 1963 and bears a Galeria Bonino, New York label. Notably, Perilli has participated in a number of Venice Biennale exhibitions; the most recent was in 2011. His work is included in the public collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and the Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome (MACRO).

"Achille Perilli. " Art Directory/The Information Medium for Art and Culture. Art Directory GmbH, n.d. Web. 15 Aug 2015. "Achille Perilli. " Rosenberg Art Gallery/Auction House. Galleria Rosenberg, n.d. Web. 15 Aug 2015. "Biografia. " Achille Perilli. Achille Perilli, n.d. Web. 15 Aug 2015.