Animals by ceramist Lucio Fontana

Here is another set of ceramic sculptures by Lucio Fontana (1899-1968): after the first one dedicated to warriors and battles, one inspired by the animal kingdom.

Fontana began focusing on ceramics at Atelier Mazzotti in Albisola, Liguria, where he often stayed since 1936.

Albisola was an ideal location for his lifestyle (close to the sea, to his friend Tullio Mazzotti – a ceramist – and to his network of Futurist friends) as well as for his work (with kilns readily available).

Before venturing into polychrome, sparkling sculptures, Fontana created a series of large pieces in stoneware and fireclay, with a rough texture and earthy colors.

Themes were probably suggested by Albisola’s environment itself: seabed scenes, female figures, still lifes and various animals.

Fontana, unlike Futurist painters, never strived to represent the movement of life; instead, he impressed movement into matter itself, turning it into something organic

Lucio Fontana, ceramiche policrome, animali - polychrome ceramics, animals

"Crab", 1936, Kersten Greve Gallery, Cologne-Paris-Sankt Moritz

Lucio Fontana, ceramiche policrome, animali - polychrome ceramics, animals

"Octopus and Coral", 1937, private collection, Milan

Lucio Fontana, ceramiche policrome, animali - polychrome ceramics, animals

"Cuttlefish", 1937, Kersten Greve Gallery, Cologne-Paris-Sankt Moritz

Lucio Fontana, ceramiche policrome, animali - polychrome ceramics, animals

"Butterflies", 1937, Lucio Fontana Foundation, Milan

Lucio Fontana, ceramiche policrome, animali - polychrome ceramics, animals

"Flower and Butterflies", 1938, Martini&Ronchetti collection, Genoa

Lucio Fontana, ceramiche policrome, animali - polychrome ceramics, animals

"Lions", 1938, private collection

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