acrylic on canvas
80 x 200 cm (31 1/2 x 78 3/4 in.) 10 works each 40 x 40 cm (15 3/4 x 15 3/4 in.)
each canvas verso signed and dated, as well as with description of colours and details of the artist's address
At the beginning of her artistic career, Dadamaino (actually Eduarda Maino, called Dada) was close to the European ZERO movement through her acquaintance with Piero Manzoni, and her artistic view was particularly influenced by Lucio Fontana. His exploration of the concept of space gave way to a greater preoccupation with colour and the aspirations of Op Art in the 1960s in Dadamaino’s work. "La ricerca del colore" belongs to a group of serial studies of the color spectrum that were created between 1966 and 1970. The title is poetically ambiguous, because it can be translated as "exploring colour" as well as "searching for colour". For the first major work with this title, a group of 100 smaller panels measuring 20 x 20 cm, Dadamaino explained her concept of this series as follows: "Considering the colour combinations caused essentially by the combination of intuition and taste, I found it useful to do an effective research on colours to verify the real relationship between them. So I used the seven colours of the spectrum looking for the average value, plus white, black and brown. Ten multiplied by ten. Then the gradation of the maximum to the minimum on a base colour background which is forty variations as a visible average. There are therefore 100 tablets of 20 x 20 cm containing 4000 shades. Each tablet is divided into two parts with eighty spaces alternating between the background colour and the one analyzed, so that for each tone it is possible to check the chrome value."