Carlo Erba, drawings 1905-1915

curated by Roberto Floreani

The Russo Gallery is hosting, starting Nov. 21, 2013, the second monographic exhibition dedicated to Carlo Erba, considered one of the leading figures of the Futurist Movement, as well as one of the protagonists of the pictorial avant-garde of the early 20th century: the exhibition, accompanied in the catalog by a text critical text in the catalog by Roberto Floreani, is an excursus of his precious and brief artistic career, which would end prematurely with his death at the front in 1917.
From the exhibition itinerary, which presents a rich body of about sixty works on paper by the artist, one can see from the very beginning Erba’s marked aptitude for graphic art and, at the same time, emerge the various passages that characterized his expressive tendencies: from the first approaches to historical themes and religious to the landscape and social ones typical of late Lombard Divisionist verism, from drawings of urban views and suburbs, to the Futurist experience characterized by the simultaneity by dynamism and the decomposition of planes, and then to the
xperiments expressionist with the “New Tendencies” group.
“In an extraordinarily short span of time, Erba revisited the tradition of his land actualizing it, then adhered with conviction, consciously choosing, to a Movement of
renewal as Nuove Tendenze, an affair that would cost him the hostility of Boccioni and laterality to the Futurists. This would not prevent him from drawing authentic Futurist masterpieces between 1913 and 1914 in fullness of heart, just as he will be permeated by the Expressionist bustle and the mischief Viennese, to re-enter, even through the great, dramatic human experience of war, to the first root of his character as a representation of the essence of the things of his land and of his life” (R. Floreani)