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Jewel City: Art from San Francisco's Panama-Pacific International Exposition - de Young Museum
In past show

Umberto Boccioni (Italian, 1882–1916), “Dynamism of a Soccer Player,” 1913. Oil on
canvas. 76 × 79 1/8 in. Museum of Modern
Art, New York, The Sidney and Harriet Janis
Collection

Medium

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.

Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions
2016
The Power of the Avant-GardeCentre for Fine Arts (BOZAR)
2015
Jewel City: Art from San Francisco's Panama-Pacific International Expositionde Young Museum
2014
Italian Futurism, 1909–1944: Reconstructing the UniverseGuggenheim Museum
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Dynamism of a Soccer Player, 1913

Oil on canvas
76 × 79 1/8 in
193 × 201 cm
Location
San Francisco

Umberto Boccioni (Italian, 1882–1916), “Dynamism of a Soccer Player,” 1913. Oil on
canvas. 76 × 79 …

Medium

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.

Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions (3)
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