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Carlo Carrà

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The Galleria in Milan (La Galleria di Milano), 1912
Oil on canvas, 91 x 51.5 cm
Gianni Mattioli Collection
Long-term loan to the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice
© Carlo Carrà, by SIAE 2008


This has long been considered one of Carlo Carrà’s most accomplished Futurist works in the Cubist style. The subject is the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, a Milanese landmark. Begun in 1865, it linked the Piazza del Duomo and the Piazza della Scala and immediately became the bustling center of Milanese life. Carrà had recently returned from Paris where, thanks to Severini, he had made the acquaintance of Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque. The Galleria in Milan is a thorough appropriation of their style with its choppy brushwork, its broken planes, and its silvery blue palette tending to monochrome. Nevertheless, the modern-life subject, with the soaring dimly lit architecture of the Galleria and Biffi’s café in the foreground, was characteristically Futurist. Passages of lilac and yellow give the painting a luxurious sense of an expensive interior-exterior.

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