Carlo Carrà (1881-1966)
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Carlo Carrà (1881-1966)

Rapporto di un nottambulo

Carlo Carrà (1881-1966)
Rapporto di un nottambulo
signed 'Carrà' (lower right)
pen and ink and pencil on paper
17 7/8 x 11 in. (37.7 x 27.8 cm.)
Drawn in Milan in 1914
Private collection, Bologna, by 1977.
Anonymous sale, Christie's, London, 4 December 1984, lot 208.
Private collection, California.
Anonymous sale, Sotheby's, New York, 10 December 1993, lot 15.
Private collection, Japan, by whom acquired at the above sale.
F. Russoli & M. Carrá (ed.), Carrá, Disegni, Bologna, 1977, no. 98, p. 159 (illustrated).
Bologna, Galleria La Casa dell'Arte, Carla Carrà, February - April 1981, p. 69 (illustrated).
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Lot Essay

This lively example of concrete poetry features elements in Italian, English and French arranged - in Futurist fashion - like the spokes of a wheel. The Futurist mathematics in the lower left corner are particularly striking: '2 carabinieri, 2 strozzini, 11 ruffiani, 15 puttane, 7 imbecilli, 3 giornalisti italiani + 1 inglese, 1 pittore + 2 pederati. totale 44 notamboli Milano Centro'. The work also includes some typical Futurist sound play such as 'Contessa Prrrrrrrrr', 'MerrrrrrrDE' and 'Corriere della Seeeeraaaaa'.

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