Luigi Pericle sold a lot in the ’60 and then decided to retire from the world and is now forgotten by art history :
Paintings & drawings in Museums and private collections
Rudolf Staechelin collection, Basle
Burckhardt – Koechlin collection, Museum Basle
P. & M. Strauss – Meerwein collection, Arlesheim
Ch. Wasmer – Crossland collection, Basle
Blumenfeld – Roelli collection, Ascona
Dr. H. E. Kunheim collection, Porto Ronco
Prof. U. Buff collection, Zurich
Mr. & Mrs. Rudolf Baumgartner, Zurich
H. & N. Kindler collection, Munich, Zurich, Brissago
Sir S. Summers collection, Thenford House, Oxf. sh.
M. Summers collection, London
Lady Tate collection, London
R. Braunschweig – Dreifuss collection, Berne
Sir Basil de Ferranti collection, ICT House, London
City Art Gallery, Bristol
City of York Art Gallery
S. B. Lunt collection, New York
A. V. Manicardi collection, Modena
Herrn & Frau Dr. G. Bichsel, Interlaken
Herrn & Frau Dr. F. P. Zwicky, Basle
A. C. F. Turner collection, London
J. Metcalf collection, London
Mr. M. Hornby, London
Mr. P. Hyde – Thompson, London
Th. Lumley collection,
Lewes J. B. Whiteside collection, New York
Bennett Korn collection, New York
R. S. Wilkins collection, London
R. W. Gossage collection, London
Alan Macintosh collection, London
Miss E. Durlacher, London
Mrs. J. Pinkney collection, London
Lady Dunsany collection
Prof Manton, Leeds University
Mr. & Mrs. D. C. King, British Embassy Beirut
Herrn & Frau F. Kroeger, Konigstem, Germany
M. & Mme. J. Greilsamer, Paris
Mr. & Mrs. R. Brockbank, Thursley, G.B.
Mrs. Nigel Campbell, London
Mr. J. Greenwood, London
Mrs. Stanley Tippets, London
Frl. G. Men, Berne
Mr. Ben Colman, G.B.
Miss L. Riley, G.B.
Mr. R. Sewell, G B.
Richard Craig collection, G.B.
Mr. T. Samsbury, G.B.
Mr. Ch. Berens, London
Mr. Th. W. Borges, London
Mr. H. Seligman, Wycombe, G.B.
Mr. C. Collins, Oxford
Mr. G. Freeman, London
Mr. H. K. B. Lund, Bath
THE ART REVIEW
Luigi Periele. Tooth’s Gallery
Until now at the age of forty-five, when he is holding his first exhibition, Pericle has led a retired life devoted to painting and reading widely in ancient and medieval philosophies. Zen and the Chinese calligraphers have particularly influenced him. A formal affinity to them is obvious in two paintings of thick, black calligraphic shapes on white, but his work as a whole has metaphysical as well as emotional significance. In one of the most memorable of this remarkable collection of abstract paintings, the light breaks through the intense blue, through the black rectangular framework to the slender, translucent green lines rising up in triangular shapes. In another, behind calligraphic forms in warm brown, set within four luminous green rectangles, there is a pale recessed light. The triangle, the sign used in various forms for the elements in alchemy and an ancient symbol of divinity in western iconography, recurs in Pericle’s works. Several of these are in black, white and subtle gradations of grey; in some the intersecting lines, suspended in dark space, are caught by an unseen source of light, in others the triangle appears as a black, twig-like form repeated in a grey shadow behind, which gives depth even to these simple compositions. Economy of means characterizes his work; the structure of each painting or group of paintings consists of variations on one or two simple, geometric forms; half the works, exhibited are in black, grey and white, but when he uses color, it is used to rich effect with fine gradations from deep to pale tones. Their texture has almost the smoothness of lithographs from the special technique he has evolved of applying several layers of paint and then rubbing through them to the one he requires. The exhibition only covers the last two years of his work. In 1959, Pericle destroyed all his paintings because he considered them inferior to the standard he had then reached and were therefore valueless.