ACHILLE LEGA

Study for yellow tram - ACHILLE LEGA
Study for yellow tram (Lega)

Achille LEGA (Brisighella 1899 – Florence 1934)

Italian painter, his early work was in the futurist style and he later became a cubist.
Lega was born in Brisighella but lived in Florence from the age of ten. He first studied painting with Ludovico Tommasi, who belonged to the Postmacchiaioli movement. In 1914 he enrolled into the Academy of Fine Arts, but he abandoned the studies after two years. In the 1910s he was a regular customer of “cafe Giubbe rosse” in Florence, where he met Futurists, including Ardengo Soffici, Umberto Boccioni, and Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, who influenced his art. He was a friend of Ottone Rosai and remained close to him until his death. Between 1916 and 1919, Lega was mainly under the influence of Soffici, following futurist trends but remaining within figurative art.
In 1918 Lega was drafted as a soldier and for a short time was posted in Carrara.
Starting from 1919, for several years he participated in yearly Grand Futurist Exhibitions organized by Marinetti in Milan. In 1922 Lega's first personal exhibition was opened in Florence. Between 1926 and 1933, he collaborated with the biweekly magazine Il Selvaggio, not only providing illustrations, but sometimes writing articles. Between 1926 and 1929 he exhibited in Milan with the Novecento Italiano art movement, which also included Mario Sironi, Achille Funi, and Gian Emilio Malerba. In this period he also changed his style, preferring simplified geometrical forms. Between 1928 and 1934, Lega exhibited at the Biennale in Venice.