The Museum of Avant-garde

Carlo Carrà

Italy (1881—1966)
Born in Piedmont he moved to Italy to work as a decorator and muralist. After some early experimentations with Divisionism, he signed the Manifesto of the Futurist Painters and the Technical Manifesto of Futurist Paintings in 1910. He was significantly influenced by Cubism and interested in synesthesia: in 1913 he published the Manifesto of Sounds, Noises and Smells. At the onset of WWI his interests were balancing between Futurism and the primitive style inspired by Giotto and Uccello. In 1917 he met De Chirico, who influenced his experimentation with enigmatic interiors. He soon developed a more naturalistic vision and his personal brushwork that became his most distinctive traits of his work. He also wrote several pieces for L’Ambrosiano.