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      Unique Forms of Continuity by the futurist sculptor Umberto Boccioni (1913)

    • UMBERTO BOCCIONI
      Unique Forms of Continuity
      (1913)



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    • BOCCIONI, Umberto
      (1882-1916)



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      Sculptor/Artist

        Boccioni was born in Reggio di Calabria but left for Rome when he was 18. There the painter Giacomo Balla taught him the neo-impressionist technique of divisionism: the dynamic use of elementary colours.

      In 1910, he met the spiritual father of Futurism, the writer Marinetti. He felt drawn to this young, revolutionary movement that advocated a positive belief in permanent innovation. The world was coming to terms with the unique possibilities offered by the discovery of electricity and the invention of photographic material. The artist had to participate in this process and not try to create aesthetic and timeless art in isolation. He had “to express and glorify modern life, which was continuously and unexpectedly being transformed by the triumphs of science”. Boccioni soon developed into a theoretician and leading figure of the futurism movement and wrote numerous manifestos. In 1915, when Italy became embroiled in the First World War, the patriotic Futurists, including Boccioni, joined the army as volunteers. They regarded the Italian involvement first and foremost as the last step towards national unification. Military life did not match the expectations of the highly motivated Boccioni at all. He wrote to a friend:

        “I will leave this kind of life with the greatest contempt for everything that is not art. …. Compared to art, all other things represent nothing more than messing around, a rut, patience and memories”.

      Five days after writing these words Boccioni died after having fallen from his horse.


      Trivia:

    • After 1901 he was strongly affected by Balla's Divisionism; by 1907/08 he had veered in the direction of Symbolism.

    • In 1910 he became one of the original Futurists, signing the Manifesto and issuing the Manifesto of Futurist Sculpture in 1912.

    • He wrote a book about Futurism in 1914.

    • He volunteered for the war in 1915 and died as the result of an accident, after being wounded.

    • Two of the clauses of the Manifesto were:

        'Universal dynamism must be rendered in painting as a dynamic sensation ... Motion and light destroy the materiality of bodies.'

    • His Unique Forms of Continuity in Space is in London (Tate).


      They call the Futurists madmen, charlatans, clowns, rascals, bluffers, obfuscators, and even worse … --Giovanni Papini, 1913

      Umberto Boccioni was perhaps the most versatile and impassioned of the Futurists--the literary, political, and artistic movement that flourished in Italy during the first half of the 20th century, proclaiming a revolutionary, spectacular style of life. His masterwork, Materia, a huge canvas painted during July and August of 1912, depicts the artist's mother seated on the balcony of her apartment at Via Adige, 23, in Milan. Her monumental, sculpted hands sit at the center of the painting, and behind and above her are the rooftops and factory buildings of the Piazza Trento and beyond. The Cubist energy of the composition is enhanced by an open window that reflects rays of light over her, illustrating simultaneous visual impressions of indoors and outdoors.


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      Umberto Boccioni - Dynamism of a Soccer Player

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      italy, 1909 Umberto Boccioni - Dynamism of a Soccer Player Umberto Boccioni

The City Rises,1910 - Oil On Canvas 78 X 118 Umberto Boccioni
The Street Enters The House, 1911 Oil on canvas (1000x1000), Kunstmuseum, Hanover U. Boccioni, Visioni simultanee, 1912, Wuppertal, Von Der Heydt Museum  Umberto Boccioni - Unique Form of Continuity in Space, 1913
      Boccioni, Umberto
Elasticity
1912
Oil on canvas
39 3/8 x 39 3/8 in.
Collection Dr. Riccardo Jucker, Milan Boccioni, Umberto
Charge of the Lancers
1915
Tempera and collage on pasteboard
32 x 50 cm
Ricardo and Magda Jucker Collection, Milan Boccioni, Umberto
States of Mind: The Farewells
1911
Oil on canvas
70.5 x 96.2 cm
Museum of Modern Art, New York Boccioni, Umberto
States of Mind: Those who go
1911
Oil on canvas
70.8 x 95.9 cm
Museum of Modern Art, New York Boccioni, Umberto
States of Mind: Those who stay
1911
Oil on canvas
70.8 x 95.9 cm
Museum of Modern Art, New York Title:  Development of a Bottle in Space, 1912 
Artist: Umberto Boccioni
      Title:  Portrait of Ferruccio Busoni 1916 
Artist: Umberto Boccioni Title:  The Morning, 1909 
Artist: Umberto Boccioni Title:  Uncertainties I, The Farewells 1911 
Artist: Umberto Boccioni Title:  Composition with Figure of a Woman, 1912 
Artist: Umberto Boccioni Title:  The Drinker, 1914 
Artist: Umberto Boccioni Title:  Workshops at Porta Romana, 1908 
Artist: Umberto Boccioni
      Title:  Materia, 1912 
Artist: Umberto Boccioni Title:  Self Portrait, 1908 
Artist: Umberto Boccioni Title:  Under the Pergola at Naples, 1914 
Artist: Umberto Boccioni Title:  The Effect of Sunlight, 1909 
Artist: Umberto Boccioni Title:  Mourning, 1910 
Artist: Umberto Boccioni Title:  Development of a Bottle in Space, 1912 
Artist: Umberto Boccioni



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      Title:  Portrait of a Seated Woman 
Artist: Umberto Boccioni
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      Futuristic Man

      Sculpture

      Superb. Sculpture derived from Unique forms of continuity in space (Forme uniche della continuita nello spazio) (1913)

      • Medium: Collectible quality resin with hand-painted color details, matte and glossy finish
      • Dimensions: 8 in. x 6 in. x 1 in.
      • Condition: New in box
      • Date of Creation: 1990-Now
      • Origin: Europe
      • Manufactured by: Parastone Mouseion

    • Included: Full color card with image of original artwork. Description card about artist and artwork. Both cards are in four languages.

      Beautifully rendered and constructed of fine collectible quality resin.

      In 1912, Boccioni wrote his Manifesto technico della scultura futuristica. He advocated experimenting with the simultaneous use of different materials in dynamic forms, with a focus on the "abstract reconstruction and not the figurative, form-determining meaning of planes and volumes". The figure with the telling title Unique forms of continuity in space (Forme uniche della continuita nello spazio) (1913) reflects his approach to life, as a Futurist, which was lively, dynamic and future-oriented.

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