Pompeo Borra biography




Pompeo Deletes was a Italian painter. born in Milan on 28 January 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 decides 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 Biennial. The works of Pompeo Borra in fact, they were exhibited for the first time in 1924 and are all united by the presence of powerful subjects It is strong and from the features primitives. Thanks to this exhibition, the artist comes noticed by Carlo Carrà, who decide to praise their compositions despite the hard strokes of the personages.

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

In the following years he organizes a solo exhibition at the Bardi Gallery in Milan, where he decides to exhibit old e new works characterized by a drastic change, especially regarding the brightness and intensity of the colors. Six paintings by Pompeo Borra they were distinguished by chromatic nuances rather Buckets It is dark, orra instead focus on the presence of clear colors It is bright, able to emphasize not only it picture scenery, but also the expressions of all personages depicted therein.

In 1936 the artist decided to go to Paris in 1936 to detach itself from what, according to him, were the  classical influences of Italian culture.

Following this experience, however, Pompeo Borra experiences a further change that leads him to approach the Matisse style, therefore resorting to very intense colors such as the 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.

The artist never hid his political ideas so much so that he was arrested in 1940 for his anti-fascist ideas.

When even there Second World War concludes, Pompeo Borra returns to devoting himself to his beloved painting, also delving into 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 their 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 Borra obtained the chair of painting at Brera, becoming first 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 dwelt before and intensifying the expressiveness of the woman, whose fundamental trait was precisely the gaze.

Pompeo Borra died in Milan in 1973.

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