Non uccidete i bambini, Enrico Baj
Enrico Baj
Non uccidete i bambini
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Enrico Baj

Non uccidete i bambini, 1953


Dimensions
99.5 x 150.4 cm
Physical Description
Oil and enamel on canvas
Inventory Number
2436
Acquisition
Acquired in 2014 with funds from the Städelkomitee 21. Jahrhundert. Property of the Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.
Status
On display

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About the Work

Lost and with arms spread wide open, vainly seeking support, an infant hovers before a gloomy black background. The figure seems to originate from a dark utopia in which the world has become a hostile space. This early work by Enrico Baj is a paradigmatic example of the art of the Italian 'Arte nucleare' movement, which Baj co-founded with Piero Manzoni and Sergio Dangelo. In deliberate contrast to Geometric Abstraction, the 'Nuclears', who were similar in character to the CoBrA artists, strove to establish an abstract art which would translate figurative representations into an informal language of shapes. In this way they attempted - by bringing about the dissolution of the figure - to capture aesthetically the socio-political effects of the atomic age.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Non uccidete i bambini (Original Title)
Painter (male)
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil and enamel on canvas
Material
Technique

Property and Acquisition

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Administration
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Picture Copyright
© Enrico Baj
Acquisition
Acquired in 2014 with funds from the Städelkomitee 21. Jahrhundert. Property of the Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.

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Motifs and References

Genre
Main Motif
Associated Persons and Institutions
Associated Source
  • Arte Nucleare, Mainfest 1951
  • Titus Lucretius Carus, De rerum natura, 1. Jh. v. Chr.
  • Franz Kafka, Die Sorge des Hausvaters

Iconclass

Primary
  • 42A51 toddler
  • 41D9 (showing oneself) undressed, quasi-nude
  • 31AA2513 arm stretched sidewards - AA - both arms or hands
  • 22C4(BLACK) colours, pigments, and paints: black
Associative
  • 31B621 morphology of facial expression ~ eyes

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01.07.2019