Vert wagon

Juillet 1977

Dark green acrylic on paper

105 x 75 cm (41 5/16 x 29 1/2 in.)

The paintbrush touches the paper ten times. Each time, it makes a mark extremely similar to the previous ones, yet unique. Because one by one, these green acrylic marks are just as many witnesses of the artist’s act, whose every result differs distinctively from all others due to the force applied to the gesture and the amount of paint on the brush.

In every work, Niele Toroni applies relentlessly the marks of his no. 50 paintbrushes, spaced thirty centimetres apart. A style begun in 1966, he would modify only the supports, like stretched canvas, paper – as here in Vert wagon – or the walls of exhibition halls: Toroni began to “mark the location, remark it, and thus reveal it”, thus establishing an essential connection between his works and their context.

The painting Vert wagon by Niele Toroni was first shown by the Pinault Collection at the 2016 “Accrochage” ("Hanging") exhibition at the Punta della Dogana.