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Umberto Boccioni
Why can’t I stop painting my mother?

Umberto Boccioni, The Artists
Portrait of Umberto Boccioni

Umberto Boccioni was an Italian Artist who Died Young and Revolutionary Artist born on October 19, 1882. Boccioni contributed to the Futurist and Early Modernist movements and died on August 17, 1916.

Riot in the Galleria, Umberto Boccioni

Riot in the Galleria 1909

The Mother, Umberto Boccioni

The Mother 1909

We will declare war on all artists and institutions which insist a façade of false modernity...they are ensnared by tradition, academicism and nauseating cerebral laziness.

Manifesto of the Futurist Painters 1910

Self Portrait, Umberto Boccioni

Self Portrait 1910

The motor bus rushes into the houses, and the houses throw themselves on the motor bus. The construction of pictures has hitherto been foolishly traditional.

Technical Manifesto of Futurist Painting 1910

The City Rises, Umberto Boccioni

The City Rises 1910

Three Women, Umberto Boccioni

Three Women 1910

Young Woman Reading (Ines), Umberto Boccioni

Young Woman Reading (Ines) 1909 – 1910

Development of a Bottle in Space, Umberto Boccioni

Development of a Bottle in Space 1911

States of Mind I: The Farewells, Umberto Boccioni

States of Mind I: The Farewells 1911

States of Mind II: Those Who Go, Umberto Boccioni

States of Mind II: Those Who Go 1911

States of Mind III: Those Who Stay, Umberto Boccioni

States of Mind III: Those Who Stay 1911

Sketch for States of Mind: The Farewells, Umberto Boccioni

Sketch for States of Mind: The Farewells 1911

Sketch for States of Mind: Those Who Go, Umberto Boccioni

Sketch for States of Mind: Those Who Go 1911

Sketch for States of Mind: Those Who Stay, Umberto Boccioni

Sketch for States of Mind: Those Who Stay 1911

The Laugh, Umberto Boccioni

The Laugh 1911

The Riot, Umberto Boccioni

The Riot 1911

Horizontal Volumes, Umberto Boccioni

Horizontal Volumes 1912

Materia, Umberto Boccioni

Materia 1912

Simultaneous Visions, Umberto Boccioni

Simultaneous Visions 1912

How can generations of sculptors can continue to construct dummies without asking why the exhibition halls of sculpture have become reservoirs of boredom and nausea?

Technical Manifesto of Futurist Sculpture 1912

Antigraceful, Umberto Boccioni

Antigraceful 1913

Dynamism of a Soccer Player, Umberto Boccioni

Dynamism of a Soccer Player 1913

It is the creation of a new form which expresses the relativity between weight and expansion, between rotation and revolution; here, in fact, we have life itself caught in a form which life has created in its infinite succession of events.

Plastic Dynamism 1913

Unique Forms of Continuity in Space, Umberto Boccioni

Unique Forms of Continuity in Space 1913

The Street Pavers, Umberto Boccioni

The Street Pavers 1914

The Artist's Mother, Umberto Boccioni

The Artist's Mother 1915

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Boccioni, Recommended Reading

A massive tome by the historian and artist Ester Coen, Boccioni expertly frames the artist in his context, with tons of rare photographs, quotes, letters, and reproductions. It's a big book—you really get your money's worth here.

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