Carlo Carrà

Born 1881, Quargnento, Italy

Died 1966, Milan, Italy


Late 1890s/Early 1900s   Works as a mural decorator in Milan, Paris, and London.

1906   Enrolls at the Brera Art Academy and meets Aroldo Bonzagni, Romolo Romani, and Umberto Boccioni.

1910   Writes a Manifesto for young artists together with Filippo Tommasso Marinetti, Boccioni and Luigi Russolo.

Early 1913   Contributes to the Futurist magazine “Lacerba,” by the Florence based group of artist “La Voce.”

1914   Moves to Paris. Begins to move away from Futurism, as indicated by his collages. Instead, he reflects on the classics, particularly Giotto, and creates his first metaphysical paintings.

World War I   Fights in the war, but is sent to the military hospital in Ferrara because of poor health. There he meets Giorgio de Chirico and Alberto Savinio.

1919   Returns to Milan and marries Ines Minoja.  Shortly thereafter he has an artistic breakdown, which leads him to achieve a more simplified image.

1921   The start of his third artistic stage, “lyric realism.” This period marks a combination of idea and nature and is translated into many landscapes.

1926   Spends time in Forte dei Marmi, where he is strongly influenced by the landscapes, beaches and mountains.

1966   Dies after a sudden illness.