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Carlo Erba, portrait of his father


CARLO ERBA (Milan 1884 - Monte Ortigara 1917) PROFILO DEL PADRE, LUIGI ERBA (Portrait of his Father)
Etching, 1910; a fine impression on thick, white wove paper. Titled and signed in pencil Mio padre / Carlo Erba.
With margins, in very good condition. To the platemark 140 x 98 mm; the full sheet measuring 329 x 239 mm.
S. Massari, Carlo Erba, una memoria nel futurismo, catalogue of the exhibition in Rome, Calcografia Nazionale, 10 April - 10 May, 1981
R. Bossaglia - E. Crispolti - M. Quesada - M. Rossi Lecce, Carlo Erba e Milano 1994-1917, catalogue of the exhibition in Milan, Palazzo della Permanente, December 1984-January 1985, Milan 1984.

The heir, as first born son, of the pharmaceutical industry bearing his name, Carlo Erba, after contrasts with his father, preferred to study Art and in 1908 he enrolled the Scuola Libera del Nudo at the Brera Academy, earning a living by himself, with no help from his rich family. In 1914 he was one of the founders of the group Nuove Tendenze, considered as the right wing of Futurism. A staunch interventionist, Carlo Erba together wit his futurist friends Marinetti, Boccioni, Funi, Sant'Elia, Russolo and Sironi, joined the Battaglione Lombardo Volontari Ciclisti Automobilisti. He died in 1917 during a war attack on Monte Ortigara.


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