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The Street Pavers

The Street Pavers, 1914 — Umberto Boccioni,
100 cm100 cm

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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