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Young Girl on a Red Carpet, ca. 1912

  • oil paint, canvas
  • 101 x 109.5 cm
  • Inv. 1915-D

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Before the First World War Felice Casorati still painted in the symbolist style. During the war he was influenced by new movements such as metaphysical painting, Futurism and Cubism. From the start of the 1920s he still preferred to paint simple subjects and still-lives in an austere, abstract style. The painting Young Girl on a Red Carpet is a good example of the artist’s symbolist period. The model for the painting was Ada, the oldest daughter of the painter Attilio Trentini. There is a photo of her standing in a similar pose and it was undoubtedly this that inspired Casorati. The bird’s-eye view emphasises the distance between the spectator and the girl, who has withdrawn into her own world. The objects around her refer to her past childhood years and the unknown years of adulthood which lie ahead. The light striking the carpet subtly suggests the outside world. The strange combination of red and violet-blue enhances the symbolic nature of the painting.


Felice Casorati RKD
Novara 1883 - Torino 1963
painters (artists)AAT

Title Young Girl on a Red Carpet
Date ca. 1912
Period 20th century
Location Italy TGN
Signatures, inscriptions, and markings signatures (names) bottom right on a banner: - FELICE - CASORATI -
Collection paintings AAT
Object type oil paintings (visual works) AAT
Inventory number 1915-D
Current whereabouts Work on display
IIIF Manifest
Art & Architecture Thesaurus 300015637 portraits AAT
300124520 interior views AAT
300189808 figures (representations) AAT
Keywords Iconclass 22C light Iconclass
22C1 natural light Iconclass
22C4(RED) colours, pigments, and paints: red Iconclass
22C8 shadow Iconclass
24A8 sunlight Iconclass
25G21 fruits Iconclass
25G21(GRAPE) fruits (GRAPE) Iconclass
31AA236 lying figure - AA - female human figure Iconclass
31B6212 looking downwards Iconclass
31D120 Youth, Adolescence, 'Iuventus'; 'Adolescenza', 'Gioventu' (Ripa) Iconclass
31D13 adolescent, young woman, maiden Iconclass
34B11 dog Iconclass
41A431 rugs (textiles) Iconclass
41A7221 cushion Iconclass
41C341(+0) dish, plate, saucer (+ variant) Iconclass
41C653 fruit Iconclass
41C653(POMEGRANATE) fruit (POMEGRANATE) Iconclass
41D262 fan Iconclass
41D2668 jewel-box Iconclass
41E still life of miscellaneous objects Iconclass
41E1 still life of related objects Iconclass
43C7 children's games and plays Iconclass
43C74 child in environment and time Iconclass
43C743 child and art Iconclass
43C771 reading a picture book Iconclass
43C772 children's books Iconclass
43C7721 children's images Iconclass
43C78 (playing with) toys Iconclass
43C7871 (playing with) dolls Iconclass
48C8551 puppet Iconclass
49M32 book Iconclass
61BB2 historical persons - BB - woman Iconclass
61BB2(TRENTINI, Ada) historical person (TRENTINI, Ada) - BB - woman Iconclass
School / Style Symbolism (artistic concept) AAT
intimist AAT
Catalogus van het Museum van Schoone Kunsten Gent : II: Moderne Meesters / Georges Chabot, Fritz Van Loo. - Gent : Ad. Hoste, 1932 (p. 42)
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Catalogo generale delle opere di Felice Casorati : I Dipinti (1904-1963) / Georgina Bertolino, Francesco Poli. - Turijn : Umberto Allemandi & C., 1995 (nr. 72)
200 jaar verzamelen : Collectieboek Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent / Arnout Balis, Robert Hoozee, Maximiliaan P.J. Martens, Paul Van Haute. - Gent : Ludion, 2000 (p. 267 (ill. 148))
D'Ensor à Magritte dans les collections du Musée de Gand (exposition Lodève, Musée de Lodève-Hôtel du Cardinal de Fleury, 19 novembre 2004 - 27 février 2005) / Maïthé Vallès-Bled, Robert Hoozee, Johan De Smet, Helke Lauwaert, Bruno Fornari. - Lodève : Musée de Lodève, 2004 ; Milano : Mazzotta, 2004 (p. 173-175, cat. 46)
Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent : Catalogus schilderkunst ; Deel I: 14de - 18de eeuw ; Deel II: 19de - 20ste eeuw / Robert Hoozee, Johan De Smet, Bruno Fornari, Ruth Monteyne. - Gent : Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent, 2007 (dl. II, p. 97 (ill.))
Felice Casorati : Collezioni e mostre tra Europa e Americhe (mostra Alba, Fondazione Ferrero, 25.10.2014 - 01.02.2015) / Giorgina Bertolino. - Milano : SilvanaEditoriale, 2014
Orizzonte Nord Sud : Protagonisti dell'arte europea ai due versanti delle Alpi 1840-1960 = Leading Figures of European Art North and South of the Alps 1840-1960 (Mostra Lugano, Museo d'arte della Svizzera italiana, 12.09.2015 - 10.01.2016) / Marco Franciolli, Guido Comis, Francisco Jarauta, Pietro Bellasi, Gerd Roos. - Milano : Skira, 2015 (p. 241)
I Nabis, Gauguin e la pittura italiana d'avanguardia (mostra Rovigo, palazzo Roverella, 17.09.2016 - 14.01.2017) / Giandomenico Romanelli, Franca Lugato, André Carou, Fabienne Stahl. - Venezia : Marsilio Editori, 2016 (p. 76-87, 205, cat. 86)
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