Pompeo Borra

Pompeo BORRA | Works and biography


Pompeo Erases is born in Milan on January 28, 1898 from a family of humble origins and lost his father at the age of 9.

The young man Drill decide to attend the technical institute and then continue his studies at the Academy of the Fine Arts of Brera until, in 1916, he decided to leave as volunteer to fight on the Italian front during the First War World.

At the end of the war, he returned to Milan and resumed dedicating himself to art and painting  creating a series of paintings characterized by a primitivist character, in which the characters were only sketched and the final setting seemed to belong to another dimension.

From 1920 onwards the artist will constantly take part in various exhibitions of the Family Milanese art which lead him to establish himself on the national scene and to achieve important goals, such as participation in the Venice Biennale. The works of Pompeo Borra in fact, they were exhibited for the first time in 1924 and they all share the presence of mighty subjects and strong and from the features primitive. Thanks to this exhibition, Borra was noticed by Carlo Carrà, who decided to praise the compositions despite the hard strokes that the artist used to give to his characters.

The works of Pompeo Borra are influenced by artistic movements of the twentieth century, the reason why the artist will be able to join several intellectual circles, including the one led by Margherita Sarfatti, with which will have the opportunity to collaborate both in Italy and abroad.

In the following years he organizes a personal exhibition at the Bardi Gallery in Milan, where he decides to exhibit old but also new works characterized by a drastic change, especially as regards the brightness and intensity of the colors. Six paintings by Pompeo Borra were marked with chromatic shades rather Buckets and dark, orr instead relate to the presence of clear colors and bright, able to emphasize not only it scenario of the framework, but also the expressions of all characters depicted in it.

The painter then decides to go to Paris in 1936 precisely to learn some rudiments that would have led his style to break away from what, according to him, were le classical influences of Italian culture.

Following this experience, however, Borra experiences a further change that leads him to get closer to Matisse style, thus resorting to very intense colors such as blu, the red, the yellow and the green, elements that characterize a new pictorial style, which will be very popular in the years to come.

Pompeo Erases he never hid his own political ideas so much so that he was arrested in 1940 for his anti-fascist ideas.

When even the Second World War ends, Drill returns to devote himself to his beloved painting, also deepening other themes, such as the art criticism, which leads him to publish a treatise on Piero della Francesca.

In this particular period of his life, the painter devoted himself intensely to reproducing individuals isolated from society, using colors Very intense to denote theirs social position and to ensure that each figure assumed the right importance in his world, since in the real one they were only discredited.

In 1951 Pompeo Erases occupies the chair of painting in Brera, becoming prima professor and then director of the academy until 1970.

In the last period of his life, he dedicated himself to perfecting the painting of female faces, giving them characteristics on which he had never dwelled and intensifying the expressiveness of the woman, whose fundamental trait was precisely the gaze..

Pompeo Erases died in Milan in 1973.