What Is Futurism?
This original lithograph is hand signed in pencil by the artist "Gino Severini" at the lower right margin.
It is also hand numbered “22/60” at the lower left margin.
This lithograph was printed in a limited edition of 60 impressions.
It was printed by Michael Cassé, Paris, and published in 1963 by L’Œuvre Gravée, Paris.
The paper bears the Arches watermark. It also bears the blindstamp of the publisher L’Œuvre Gravée at the lower left margin.
Literature: Meloni, F. (1982). Gino Severini: Tutta L’Opera Grafica. Reggio Emilia: Prandi
Ref: Meloni 29
Condition: Very good condition. Minor staining along the lower sheet edge.
While closely associated with the Futurist movement, Gino Severini’s artistic style metamorphosed several times throughout his career. He is best known for using color to accentuate contrasts and emphasize his compositions’ musicality, which owes to his study of complementary colors and early adoption of Divisionism. Upon moving to Paris, Severini’s paintings became increasingly abstract as he embraced Synthetic Cubism—essentially constructing a composition out of fragments of objects—drawing influence from Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque, as well as the writer Guillaume Apollinaire, whose company he kept. Around 1916 his emphasis shifted from deconstructing forms to imposing geometric order on his compositions, and he would later experiment with a Neoclassical figurative style, producing mosaics, murals, and frescos, as well as designing sets and writing. A frequent theatergoer, Severini often painted still lifes with musical instruments and scenes from the Commedia dell’Arte.
Italian, 1883-1966, Cortona, Italy