Edoardo Krumm was born in Turin, Italy, to a family originally from Lombardy. According to family tradition, Edoardo should have had a career in industry and finance (the family had set up the Cantoni-Krumm company, renamed Cucirini-Cantoni), but he rebelled. Even as a little boy he felt drawn to art and so later moved to Milan to study art and develop his own dialogue with canvases and colors. There he attended the prestigious Brera Academy, studying under Giuseppe Palanti, Gianfranco Campestrini and Giovanni Lentini. The chromatic liveliness and expressive power of Palanti's portraits, in particular, gave him a “traditionalist” basis from which to start his journey of research and discovery to find his own personal language. He painted until the outbreak of Second World War, when he was conscripted into the army. He was taken prisoner in 1943, and deported by the Germans to concentration camps in Poland. Later he was transferred to Germany, where he worked as a builder’s mate in the city of Hamburg. His skills as a painter were soon noticed and so began to receive various commissions to paint the portraits of officers and scenes of war. He returned to Italy at the end of the war and resumed his artistic activity, engaging in a research project over several decades into various themes in contemporary painting, combining this with the lessons from the classics he had studied during his academic studies.
As part of his intense artistic experience, Edoardo Krumm worked in many churches and oratories in northern Italy, both as a painter of sacred works and as a restorer of paintings and frescoes.
Krumm's works, which are mostly mixed media on canvas and canvas panels, portray female figures, natural landscapes, and scenes of daily labor, both in the workplace (in the factory or in the fields), and in more intimate, calm and timeless everyday settings. He also produced many paintings of still life, scenes of war, abstract compositions and portraits of officers.
His religious works depicting the life of Jesus (The Parè Church - Como) and the Via Crucis (The Parish church of Saints Nabore and Felice – Milan) are interesting and of considerable value. Other religious works are found in the various churches in the Milan area, including the Church of San Francesco (viale Piave), the church of San Pio V and Santa Maria di Calvairate (via Lattanzio) and the parish church of Civesio, in the Certosa di Garegnano (the Garegnano Charterhouse) and in the Parish Church of Golasecca (Varese).
His works are also held in important private collections, both in Italy and abroad.
A highly talented painter, with a reflective and introspective style, Edoardo Krumm’s works of art are precious and highly collectible.
Isabella Colombo Krumm
Curatrice dell'intera opera di Edoardo Krumm
Curator of the entire work of Edoardo Krumm
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