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The Street Pavers

The Street Pavers, 1914 — Umberto Boccioni
100 cm100 cm

The Street Pavers is a Futurist, Oil on Canvas Painting created by Umberto Boccioni in 1914. It lives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The image is in the Public Domain, and tagged Labor. Source

In The Street Pavers, Boccioni revolutionizes a scene of backbreaking work to create a luminous celebration of the modern laborer. Through his inventive use of color and staccato brushstrokes, Boccioni conveys both the powerful movements of the pickax-wielding workers and their anonymity, as the faceless figures are almost indistinguishable from the background.

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