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Achille Lega trained at a very early age in Florence basing his style
on late Macchioli artists, and around 1914 he studied in the atelier of
Lodovico Tommasi. When he left the Accademia di Belle Arti, he became
involved in the magazine Lacerba and, in 1916, he joined the Futurist
movement and started to frequent the Giubbe Rosse caffé. In 1917 he
painted Ritratto della madre (Portrait of my Mother), which shows the
influence of the painting of Boccioni, and Vibrazioni atmosferiche di
un aeroplano in volo (Atmospheric vibrations of a plane in flight), one
of the first examples of paintings of airplanes.
In 1922, he prepared his first personal exhibition held at the
Gonnelli Gallery in Florence. In this period he joined the circle of
20th century Tuscan artists, specializing in landscape painting. He
contributed drawings and articles on art for the magazine Il Selvaggio,
and in 1926 and 1929, took part in 20th-century exhibitions in Milan.
In 1928, 1930 and 1932 he exhibited at the Venice Biennale with works
such as Natura morta (Still Life), Piano del Mugnone (The Mugnone
Plain) L’Arno (The River Arno), La fornace (The Kiln), Libeccio
(The South-West Wind), Marina, and Giornata di settembre (Day in
September). At the same time he was working on woodcuts and lithographs.
In 1934, five days after his death, Florence paid tribute to Lega with
an exhibition opened with a speech by Romano Romanelli. In 1948 he was
given a retrospective exhibition at the Venice Biennial.
Galleria d'Arte Bacci di Capaci, Luca
Written by Gioela Massagli, Translated by Catherine Biggerstaff