Umberto Boccioni Biography | Oil Painting Reproductions
10-19-1882 Reggio Calabria, ITA – 8-17-1916 Verona, ITABack to Artist IndexView Artists Paintings
Umberto Boccioni basic and defiant nature and general scholarly capacity would contribute significantly to the development of the Futurism development. In the wake of building a foundation of skills, and having studied the works of art from the old masters through Impressionism, he became an understudy of Giacomo Balla.
From 1902 to 1910, Umberto Boccioni concentrated on drawings, at that point outlined and painted portraits, with his mom as a frequently modeling for him. He likewise painted landscapes scenes, regularly including the arrival of industrialization, trains, and manufacturing plants for instance. At this time, he is torn between Pointillism and Impressionism, and the impact of Giacomo Balla and Divisionism are obvious in his early artwork.
In 1906, he moved to Paris, where he concentrated on Impressionist and Post-Impressionist styles. He went to Russia for three months, getting a direct perspective of the turmoil and governmental crackdowns. In 1907 he moved to Milan, where he saw the development of the new working class laborer neighborhoods of the of the cities industrial outskirts.
Boccioni Futurism Vision
Established by Umberto Boccioni and Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, Futurism dismisses the past and grasped development, activity, noise, and dynamism. Boccioni delivered the key works of Futurist oil paintings. Amid the period that Cubism was likewise advancing, Boccioni looked for a "concurrent vision" of figures and objects in painting and sculpture. The vivid colors, lively brushstrokes and the themes themselves, chosen for their solid symbolic impact, convey a positive inventiveness that celebrates advances, innovation, steel and all things modern. The Futurists communicated their adoration for speed, savagery, youth, industrialism, and vehicular movement all art.
Titled Il Lavoro (Labor), Boccioni labored for a year on The City Rises, an immense (2m x 3m) painting, which is viewed as his defining moment into Futurism. By 1912 it had turned into a featured painting for the exhibition traveling Europe, the prolog to Futurism. Today is prominently displayed at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, at the entrance to the paintings department.
This work of art Simultaneous Visions exemplifies the Futurist perspective through its depiction of the city, the dynamic decomposition of objects, and a close rapport between architecture and the figure. The "synchronization" of vision is made by the simultaneous presence of objects, figures, and backgrounds, while the illusion of movement is portrayed by a spinning vortex.
While proceeding with this concentration, Umberto Boccioni resuscitated his past enthusiasm for portraiture. Starting with L'Antigrazioso (Antigraceful) in 1912 and continuing with I Selciatori (The Street Pavers) and Il Bevitore (The Drinker) both in 1914.
In May 1916, he was drafted into the Italian Army to battle in WWI and was appointed to an artillery gun regiment. On August 16, 1916, he was tossed from his steed during a cavalry training exercise and was trampled. He died the next day, age 33.
Art Movement History: Futurism
Artists Influencing Umberto Boccioni: Giacomo Balla
He Traveled To France, Russia
Artist's Biography compiled by Albert L. Mansour at The World's Artist, with text adapted from Wikipedia.