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Umberto Boccioni

Italian, 1882–1916

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Umberto Boccioni

Italian, 1882–1916

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Futurist painter and sculptor Umberto Boccioni sought to infuse art with the speed, power and dynamism of the machine age, proclaiming in the Manifesto of Futurist Painters (1910): “Let us fling open the figure and let it incorporate within itself whatever may surround it.” In Unique Forms of Continuity in Space (1913), the sleek bronze figure forcefully strides forth, its body rippling as if blown by the wind. While evocative of the flowing drapery of Classical stone sculptures like the winged Victory of Samothrace, the figure’s polished metallic surface and rhythmic, muscular energy also allude to modern technology and electricity. Although his career ended abruptly when he died in World War I, Boccioni’s fascination with the breakdown of solid mass continued to influence generations of artists and philosophers.

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The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 1 more
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The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 4 more
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Biography

Futurist painter and sculptor Umberto Boccioni sought to infuse art with the speed, power and dynamism of the machine age, proclaiming in the Manifesto of Futurist Painters (1910): “Let us fling open the figure and let it incorporate within itself whatever may surround it.” In Unique Forms of Continuity in Space (1913), the sleek bronze figure forcefully strides forth, its body rippling as if blown by the wind. While evocative of the flowing drapery of Classical stone sculptures like the winged Victory of Samothrace, the figure’s polished metallic surface and rhythmic, muscular energy also allude to modern technology and electricity. Although his career ended abruptly when he died in World War I, Boccioni’s fascination with the breakdown of solid mass continued to influence generations of artists and philosophers.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
User
Solo show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 1 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 4 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 2 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale International Exhibition, and 1 more
Articles Featuring Umberto Boccioni
Futurism
Feb 2nd, 2017
Futurism
Italian Art History, in a Nutshell
Mar 25th, 2014
Italian Art History, in a Nutshell
Who’s Who at Mitchell-Innes and Nash at Frieze Masters
Oct 11th, 2013
Who’s Who at Mitchell-Innes and Nash at Frieze Masters
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