Carlo Carrà,
Marina at Forte dei Marmi

Carlo Carrà,
Marina at Forte dei Marmi

Carlo Carrà, Marina at Forte dei Marmi
Oil on canvas, 1940, 40×50 cm with frame and passe-partout 62×71.5 cm, Inv. n. 1754

Versilia with its beaches, sail boats, and seaside huts, was from 1925 the nearly exclusive scenario from whence Carrà drew inspiration for his compositions dedicated to Forte dei Marmi.

The painting represents an excellent example of this production that, from the 1920s until his death, was often modulated on a consolidated stylistic modulation: the huts are set in a desert landscape, on the coast of a sail-less sea, which needs no detailed description. A masterful rigour supports the composition, structured on the orderly harmony of the straight lines, slightly varied from the somewhat undulating profile of the terrain; the luminosity is terse, the chromatic palette is peaceful, with appealing contrasts between pink and blue, far from the vibrant, ephemeral and changing vision of Impressionism, also because it is subject to the pithiness of this truly architecture-landscape with which it forms a single synthesis.

(From the notes of Sauro Casadei for the catalogue of the Bianchedi-Bettoli/Vallunga Collection published in 2012 by the Bononia University Press).

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