Umberto Boccioni ( * 1882 † 1916 )

Biography of Umberto Boccioni

The division of the standard

Umberto Boccioni was born 19.10.1882 in the Reggio the Calabria in Italy. He was one of the most famous and influential artists among the Italian Futurists, an art movement that originated before the First World War. During his short life, he created sculptures and paintings that created a dynamic effect through the exciting division of color and form surfaces, which corresponded to no previous norm.

At 16 years old, the artist Umberto Boccioni studied design in Rome and made acquaintance with Gino Serverini and Giacomo Balla, who introduced him to the technique of painting divisionism. In this late-impressionist style of painting, the colors were not applied closed, but disassembled into their basic colors or complementary contrasts and grid-like applied as a dab. Around 1909 he met Tommaso Marinetti, the author of the "Festival of Futurism". Inspired by futuristic art, he wrote, along with Carlo Carrä, Luigi Russolo, Giacomo Balla u. Gino Severini the "Manifesto of Futuristic Painting" as well as the "Manifesto of Futurism".

In 1911, he was influenced by Cubism, which significantly influenced his later artistic work. In 1912 he completed "elasticity", one of his most important works. Boccioni died in 1916 falling from horse during the war.



Art prints and oil reproductions by Umberto Boccioni

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