Physichromie n° 655

  • Acrylic, plastic inserts and aluminum frame on wood panel
signed with initials, titled and dated on verse
size :
x 121.5cm
Estimate :

$USD 400000

- $USD 500000

About the work

The Physichromie is a structure designed to reveal certain circumstances and conditions related to color, changing according to the movement of the viewer and the intensity of the light, and thus projecting color into space to create an evolutionary situation of additive, reflective, and subtractive color. A Physichromie acts as a “light trap” in a space where a series of color frames interact; frames that transform each other, generating new ranges of colors not present on the support. Thus, the color fills the space confined between the vertical sheets — light-modulators — that cover the entire work. In addition, due to the effects of the viewer or light source, a series of color variations are created in them, similar to those observed in the real space of the landscape.


Galerie Denise René, Paris.
Paolo Barni, Milan.
Vismara Arte, Milan.
Galleria Falchi Arte Moderna, Milan.
Vente, Sotheby's, Milan, 26 novembre 2008, lot 254.
Collection particulière, New York.
Vente, Sotheby's, New York, 23 mai 2012, lot 45.
Collection particulière, New York.
Collection particulière, Brésil.
Vente, Phillips, New York, 26 mai 2015, lot 9.
Acquis au cours de cette vente par le propriétaire actuel.


Milan, Galleria Falchi, Fisicromie, Cromosaturazioni, Induzioni
Cromatiche, Cromointerferenze, 1973 (illustré, p. 11).
Turin, Galleria Christian Stein, Cruz-Diez, décembre 1973.

The artist(s)


Focusing on the kinetic energy of color, Carlos Cruz-Diez was a major figure in the Op Art movement.

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