Carlo Carrà

(Quargnento, 1881 – Milano, 1966)


Carlo Carrà (1881-1966) was an Italian painter renowned for his role as one of the founders and prominent figures of the artistic movement known as Futurism. Born on February 11, 1881, in Quargnento, Italy, Carrà grew up in an artistic environment and developed an interest in painting from a young age.

In 1906, Carrà moved to Paris, where he was exposed to the artistic influences of the time, including Cubism. He later returned to Italy and joined the Futurist movement, a group of artists celebrating modernity, technology, and the dynamism of urban life through their art. Carrà became one of the leading proponents of Futurism alongside artists like Giacomo Balla and Umberto Boccioni.

Over the years, Carrà's painting evolved from a highly Futurist phase, characterized by dynamic and fragmented depictions of reality, to a more abstract and metaphysical style. In the mid-1910s, Carrà began experimenting with a form of painting called "Metaphysical Art," in which he sought to capture a sense of mystery and deep meaning through symbolic and evocative imagery.

After World War I, Carrà gradually distanced himself from Futurism and embraced more traditional artistic styles. Throughout his career, he experimented with various painting techniques and tackled themes such as portraiture, landscapes, and still life.

Carlo Carrà continued to paint and influence the Italian and international art scene until his death on April 13, 1966, in Milan. His legacy has been significant in the realm of Italian modern art, both for his contribution to Futurism and his exploration of new artistic directions throughout his career.

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