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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

Corrente di Vita Giovanile (Stream of youthful life), later renamed Corrente di Vita or Corrente, was an Italian magazine founded on 1 January 1938 in Milan by artist Ernesto Treccani.

This magazine, created by Treccani when he was seventeen years old and almost as a juvenile adventure, quickly became an important part of collective cultural action against fascist Italy on the part of the Italian literati. Its representatives included Raffaele De Grada, Giansiro Ferrata, Luciano Anceschi, Renato Birolli, and the pure hermeticists Carlo Bo, Mario Luzi, Piero Bigongiari. Corrente stimulated its public to analyse the relationships between culture and ideology, fighting with forceful coherence against enslavement to the State.

Corrente was suppressed by the Fascist police on 10 June 1940, but its members continued their activity as an underground group, while Benito Mussolini pushed Italy into World War II. They found new ways of spreading cultural information, and in the Edizioni di Corrente (the magazine's publishing house), they published the I lirici greci by Salvatore Quasimodo, I lirici spagnoli by Carlo Bo, Frontiera by Vittorio Sereni, Occhio quadrato by Alberto Lattuada.

In 1938 some young painters within the Corrente movement, had opened in Milan the Bottega di Corrente (The Corrente Lab). Now, with Italy at war, these artists began producing innovative work, as an expression of cultural freedom and against the bombastic conformism of "Novecento Italiano" and the problematic form issues of abstract art. The Corrente painters affirmed a type of art replete with humane and moral contents, in full opposition to the fascist regime.

The Corrente painters tended decisively towards expressionist visual forms, and made actual reference to the styles of Scuola Romana, as well as to the great representatives of European fine arts culture, from Vincent van Gogh to James Ensor and to "Fauves", from "Nabis" to "Die Brücke" to Chaim Soutine and Pablo Picasso. After two famous exhibitions held in March and December 1939, the group organised debates, meetings and "premieres" of those artists that had found their maturity within the magazine's life span. These comprised Renato Birolli, Giuseppe Migneco, Bruno Cassinari, Renato Guttuso, Ernesto Treccani, Aligi Sassu, Ennio Morlotti.

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