TRECCANI ERNESTO ©
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Ernesto Treccani was born in Milan in 1920, the son of the founder of the great encyclopedia of the same name. He entered at a very young age, while still pursuing his engineering studies, into groups of avant-garde art and fronts against Fascist culture. Founder and director of the magazine Corrente, he exhibited for the first time as a painter at the Bottega di Corrente in 1940 with friends Birolli, Guttuso, Migneco, Sassu and others; in 1943, still at the Galleria di Corrente and della Spiga, he exhibited a group of works with Cassinari and Morlotti. After the war and the resistance, in which he actively participated, he was editor, together with De Grada, De Micheli, Vittorini and others, of the magazine "Il 45," then animator with Ajmone, Chighine, Francese and Testori, of the "Pittura" group and editor of the magazine "Realismo." His first solo exhibition was in 1949 at Milan's Galleria del Milione, presented by a monograph edited by Duilio Morosini. At that time he also began to travel and paint in Paris, since then a significant point of reference for his work. In 1950 he participated with black and white works at the Venice Biennale and subsequently, in 1952 and 1956, with solo exhibitions of drawing and painting at the 16th and 18th editions. In the same 1956 he took part in the exhibition of realists organized at the Leicester Gallery in London and had a solo show at the Heller Gallery in New York. The Calabrian peasant reality, known directly during his long stays in Melissa, and the industrial urban landscape of Milan and Paris constituted the fundamental themes of his painting during that period. Also in 1956 he was part of a cultural delegation to China, a trip that greatly impressed him and from which he brought back more than a hundred drawings and watercolors. Among the works of the 1960s are the five large canvases inspired by Pavese's "The Moon and the Bonfires" (1962/63), the cycle of works "From Melissa to Valenza" (1964/65), the paintings on the theme of gardens and hedges, and the series of watercolors dedicated to a trip to Cuba. Later, in 1976, the major exhibition in Volgograd, Moscow and Leningrad, organized by the Soviet Ministry of Culture. In the last decades he has worked in different places, developing his research in multiple directions: from the Emilian countryside to the regions of southern Italy, where he worked in Potenza, Matera and Policoro, to the peasant villages of Ukraine, crossed in the footsteps of Babel's novel in a fantastic journey, the inspiration for the large canvas "Red Knight," from 1977. In 1978 Treccani gave birth to the Corrente Foundation, with a program aimed not only at collecting and studying documents, testimonies and works from the historical period between the birth of the Corrente movement and the years of Realism, but also at organizing meetings, debates, seminars and exhibitions on the most topical themes of contemporary culture. From the 1980s onward, Nice becomes one of the places where Treccani often goes to paint. With Paris, Macugnaga and Forte dei Marmi, it is one of the usual places of creative stay. Then, in the mid-1980s, one of his most important works dates back to the mid-1980s, "The House of the Swallows," about two thousand ceramic tiles that entirely cover the facade of the headquarters of the Fondazione Corrente and the Studio Treccani Collection, on Via Carlo Porta in Milan. Among the most significant works from the years at the turn of the century we also find the large cycles inspired by Cervantes' Don Quixote and Boccaccio's Decameron, intended as evidence of the intense relationship between word and image that has always been a constant aspect of Treccani's research. He died in Milan in 2009, after painting to the last.Read more Close