Italian painter, born at Novara. He was a talented musician and took a law degree in 1906, but he decided to become a painter and studied at the Academies of Padua, Naples, and Verona. After serving in the Italian army during the First World War he began to teach at the Turin Academy in 1918 and soon became a leading figure in the city's intellectual and artistic circles. His early work, influenced by Art Nouveau, was dominated by hard outlines and strong colours. In the 1920s he was influenced by Metaphysical Painting, producing pictures emphasizing the volume and substance of the figures and often using strange perspective effects to heighten the air of unreality (Midday, 1922, Galleria d'Arte Moderna, Trieste). As well as figure paintings he did numerous commissioned portraits. In the 1930s he adopted a lighter palette and a more rhythmic type of composition. He won a prize at the Venice Biennale in 1938 and again in 1952. In addition to painting, Casorati did much set and costume design, notably for La Scala, Milan, and also made prints and sculpture.