Paolini ’s visual language is full of infinite reflections, constituting a language that is self-generating, in search of the objective fundamentals of painting. This can be seen in Primo appunto sul tempo (First Note on Time), 1968,consisting of a white canvas covered with a sheet of paper on which there is no image but only some writing, at the upper left, from which the painting takes its title. These words make the moment absolute, and the time of the work consequently coincides with that of its creation so that
it lives in the moment of the viewer ’s gaze.


  • Title: First Note on Time
  • Creator: Giulio Paolini
  • Date Created: 1965/1968
  • Location Created: Rivoli, Italy
  • Physical Dimensions: 130,3 x 95,5 cm /200 x 200 cm
  • Rights: Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Rivoli-Torino on loan from Fondazione per l’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea CRTon loan to Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Rivoli-Turin

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