Carlo Carrá | the artist

The artist Carlo Carrá
Born Febr 11 1881, Quargneto, Italy.
Died April 13 1966, Milan, .
Style and technique of the artist: Painting, Futurism, Metaphysical Painting, Valori Plastici, Documenta Kassel,

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Carrà experimented with Divisionism, but like Boccioni was dissatisfied with current trends in painting. Together with Boccioni and Russolo he drafted the Manifesto of the Futurist Painters and the Technical Manifesto of Futurist Painting (both 1910), issuing his own manifesto The Painting of Sounds, Noises and Smells in 1913. The painting of sounds, noises and smells calls for:
Reds, rrrrreds, the rrrrrreddest rrrrrrreds that shouuuuuuut. Greens, that can never be greener, greeeeeeeeeeeens that screeeeeeam, yellows, as violent as can be: polenta yellows, saffron yellows, brass yellows.

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Carrà theoretical position, grounded in a post-war "return to order," signaled his break with the classicism of de Chirico. After a short-lived phase of Magic Realism, by the mid-twenties, Carrà had evolved his mature style that combined archaizing figures with an atmospheric brushwork, redolent of nineteenth century Impressionist Naturalism.


The painting of sounds, noises and smells rejects: All muted colors, even those obtained directly and without using tricks like patinas and glazes.