Figure in white by Aldo Carpi. A sign of peace in the Venice Biennale of War

Author/s Marta Sironi
Publishing Year 2016 Issue 2015/2
Language Italian Pages 17 P. 64-80 File size 432 KB
DOI 10.3280/SIL2015-002003
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The recent discover of five hundred inedited letters written by the painter Aldo Carpi (1886-1973) to his young student, Federica Mylius (1912-1985), since the end of June 1941 until the begin of January ’44, had permitted to reconstruct a production of the painter, still now ignored, violently interrupted at the end of January 1944 for his deportation at Mauthausen. A personal interpretation of portrait that he sporadically had experimented already during the 1930s, found his final form in a series of paintings and drawings with Fede Mylius’s portraits. The letters registered their commune work at Brera’s Academy in the late afternoon when the painter can focus to his personal expression in the ideal direction of his unique text, Le divagazioni del Sileno (The Sileno’s divagation), written with the help of the young student and model. By means of the letters it was possible to rediscovered a series of Carpi’s paintings until now never identified, among which the Figura in bianco (Figure in white) exposed at the XXIII Venice Biennale: a declamation of peace in a National Exhibition totally devote to the war.

Keywords: Aldo Carpi; Fede Mylius; Second Wold War; XXIII Venice Biennale (1942).

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Marta Sironi, Figura in bianco di Aldo Carpi. Un segno di pace nella Biennale di guerra in "STORIA IN LOMBARDIA" 2/2015, pp 64-80, DOI: 10.3280/SIL2015-002003