Still Life with Soda Syphon (1914) by Carlo Carra

Still Life with Soda Syphon - Carlo Carra - 1914

Artwork Information

TitleStill Life with Soda Syphon
ArtistCarlo Carra
MediumCollage and tempera on paper
Dimensions44.5 x 33 cm
Current LocationKunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Dusseldorf

About Still Life with Soda Syphon

Carlo Carra, an Italian painter and writer, painted “Still Life with Syphon Soda Water” in 1914 in the Dada style. He was a leading figure of the Futurist movement and is best remembered for his still lifes in the Metaphysical painting style. Carra was largely self-taught, but he briefly studied at the Brera Academy in Milan.

Carra met Giorgio de Chirico in Ferrara in 1917 and worked with him for several weeks. Together they founded “Pittura Metafisica” or Metaphysical Painting. Carra’s simplified style emphasized the reality of ordinary objects in his still life paintings.

One such work is “Still Life with Syphon Soda Water,” which features a soda syphon prominently placed next to other everyday objects like fruit and a newspaper. The painting captures the essence of modernity while highlighting traditional elements as well.

There are oil painting reproductions available of this piece online at and “Still Life with Syphon Soda Water” remains an important example of Carlo Carra’s unique take on metaphysical painting, displaying his ability to elevate everyday objects into works of art through his distinct approach to composition and ultra-realism.

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