Umberto Boccioni (1882-1916)

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Italian born Umberto Boccioni became a prominent and very important figure in Futuristic art. In 1901 he traveled to Rome to study at the Academia de Bella Arti. Here he began studying the Divisionist elements of Futurism with Giacomo Balla. The following year he traveled to Paris to study Impressionism.

Ritratto di Fiammetta Sarfatti, 1911

Study of a Female Face 1910

Over the next few years Boccioni would travel to Russia, Padua and Venice, taking classes in figure study, and eventually settling in Milan. In 1910, Boccioni signed the Futurist Manifesto with Balla and others and had his first exposition that same year at the Galleria Ca Pesaro in Venice.

Dynamism of a Soccer Player

In 1911 Boccioni again traveled to Paris where he met Picasso. The following year he had his first Futurist exhibition in Paris at the Galerie-Bernheim Jeune.

Materia 1912

That same year, Boccioni began to concentrate on sculpture, which he showed in 1913 at the Galleria de la Boetie.

Unique Forms of Continuity in Space 1913

In 1915, Boccioni enlisted in the army and his life was cut short in 1916 due to an accident during a drill. He was accidentally thrown from his horse and trampled, and died the following day.

The Lancers

Boccioni has been called the greatest Italian artist of his time by some critics, despite the fact that he is generally not a household name. Like most Futurists, Boccioni was inspired by Cubism. He was also very involved in politics (he was a Socialist/Marxist) and at times used this as fuel for his compositions.

The City Rises

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