Trivium Art HistoryUmberto Boccioni

Unique Forms of Continuity in Space

Unique Forms of Continuity in Space, 1913 — Umberto Boccioni
121.3 cm88.9 cm

Unique Forms of Continuity in Space is a Futurist, Cubist, Bronze Sculpture created by Umberto Boccioni in 1913. It lives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The image is in the Public Domain, and tagged Speed.

The Futurists’ celebration of the fast pace and mechanical power of the modern world is emphasized here in the sculpture’s dynamism and energy. The figure’s marching silhouette appears deformed by wind and speed, while its sleek metal contours allude to machinery. World War I broke out the year after Boccioni created this work. Believing that modern technological warfare would shatter Italy’s obsession with the classical past, the Futurists welcomed the conflict. Tragically, Boccioni was killed in action in 1916, at the age of thirty-four.

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