The Portrait Society | Aldo Carpi

29/06/1997 | 20th centuryCharcoal and acrylic on canvas50 x 40 cm

Aldo Carpi was an Italian painter and art professor. In 1903, he started taking private painting lessons and, from 1906 to 1910, he studied at the Accademia di Brera in Milan. He became friends with numerous avant-garde artists in Milan, including the Futurists Umberto Boccioni and Filippo Tommaso Marinetti. Carpi himself developed a very individual expressionist style. In 1914, he won a prize at the Venice Biennale. During World War I, Carpi fought on the Albanian front, where he produced drawings, which were published in 1917 under the title "Serbia eroica". After the war, he returned to painting, especially seascapes, portraits and domestic scenes, and he designed stained glass windows, such as for the Milan Cathedral. Political and social themes always played a role in Carpis' works. In 1930, he became professor of painting at the Accademia di Brera. During World War II, Carpi, who was active as a partisan, was deported to the Mauthausen-Gusen concentration camp. His internment lasted until the camp was liberated on 5 May 1945. Carpi published his experiences, illustrated with sketches that he drew partly in the concentration camp and partly later, in 1971 under the title "Diario di Gusen" (Diary from Gusen). After World War II, Carpi became dean of the Accademia di Brera. His last major work consisted of six mosaics for the Church of the Annunciation in Nazareth.

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