Boccioni, Umberto, 1882-1916

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Futurist artist and theoretician.

From the description of Umberto Boccioni papers, 1899-1986. (Getty Research Institute). WorldCat record id: 78214997

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Umberto Boccioni, born in Reggio Calabria in 1882, spent his childhood in Genova, Padova and Catania, and began his artistic career in Rome, where he worked with Giacomo Balla, who was then a Divisionist. In 1902 he went to Paris to study Impressionism and Cubism, traveled to Russia, and spent two years in Padova and Venice. He finally settled in Milan, where he met F.T. Marinetti in 1910 and became a Futurist, authoring, along with Carrà, Russolo, Balla, and Severini, "Manifesto dei pittori futuristi" (1910) and "Manifesto tecnico della pittura futurista" (1910). During the following five years, Boccioni produced what is generally considered Futurism's finest artistic legacy. Where other Futurist artists found a mechanical or formulaic solution to the problem of dynamism, Boccioni sought to portray dynamism as a dimension of consciousness. Thus, in the series "Dinamismi" (1913), or in works such as "Antigrazioso," and "Scomposizione di figure di donne a tavola," the object exists in complex relationship both to its environment and to the viewer's experience of it. He also published a number of theoretical essays about painting and sculpture, collected in the book Pittura scultura futuriste (Dinamismo Plastico) (1914), and traveled to various European cities, organizing Futurist shows and giving lectures. In 1915, he volunteered to serve in the great war and died after falling from his horse during a military drill.

From the guide to the Umberto Boccioni papers, 1899-1986, (The Getty Research Institute)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Umberto Boccioni papers, 1899-1986 Getty Research Institute
creatorOf Marinetti, Filippo Tommaso, 1876-1944. Marinetti student notebooks and other papers, 1891-1936. Getty Research Institute
creatorOf Depero, Fortunato, 1892-1960. Fortunato Depero papers, ca. 1917-1937. Getty Research Institute
referencedIn Severini, Gino, 1883-1966. Letter from Gino Severini, Meudon, ca. 1949. Getty Research Institute
creatorOf Boccioni, Umberto. [Umberto Boccioni] : artist file John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art Library, Ringling Museum Library
creatorOf Marinetti, Filippo Tommaso, 1876-1944. Papers of F.T. Marinetti and Benedetta Cappa Marinetti, 1902-1965 (bulk 1920-1939) Getty Research Institute
referencedIn Winston, Lydia, 1897-. Lydia Winston Malbin papers, 1891-1997 (bulk 1938-1997). Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Boccioni, Umberto, 1882-1916. Umberto Boccioni : artist file : study photographs and reproductions of works of art with accompanying documentation 1930?-1990 [graphic] [compiled by staff of The Museum of Modern Art, New York]. Frick Art Reference Library of The Frick Collection
referencedIn Filippo Tommaso Marinetti student notebooks and other papers, 1891-1943 Getty Research Institute
referencedIn Boccioni, Umberto, 1882-1916 : [miscellaneous ephemeral material]. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
referencedIn Pratella, Francesco Balilla, 1880-1955. Letters to Francesco Balilla Pratella, 1911-1927. Getty Research Institute
creatorOf Boccioni, Umberto, 1882-1916. Artist file. Brooklyn Museum Libraries & Archives
referencedIn Lydia Winston Malbin papers, 1891-1997, 1938-1997 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Scurto, Ignazio. Ignazio Scurto manuscripts, 1929-1932. Getty Research Institute
referencedIn Aschieri, Bruno. 2 novembre + visita a Boccioni, ca. 1930. Getty Research Institute
referencedIn Papers of F.T. Marinetti and Benedetta Cappa Marinetti, 1902-1965, 1920-1939 Getty Research Institute
creatorOf Umberto Boccioni papers, 1899-1986 Getty Research Institute
creatorOf Winston, Lydia, 1897-1989. Lydia and Harry Lewis Winston papers, 1900-1965 and [undated]. Archives of American Art
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associatedWith Aleramo, Sibilla, 1876-1960. person
associatedWith Amendola Kühn, Eva, 1880- person
associatedWith Aschieri, Bruno. person
associatedWith Balla, Giacomo, 1871-1958. person
associatedWith Buzzi, Paolo, d. 1956. person
associatedWith Carrà, Carlo, 1881-1966. person
associatedWith Cecchi, Emilio, 1884-1966. person
associatedWith Depero, Fortunato, 1892-1960. person
associatedWith Dottori, Gerardo, 1884-1977. person
associatedWith Marinetti Cappa, Benedetta, 1897-1977 person
associatedWith Marinetti, Filippo Tommaso, 1876-1944. person
associatedWith Morandi, Giorgio, 1890-1964. person
associatedWith Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Nyst, Ray person
associatedWith Nyst, Ray. person
associatedWith Pratella, Francesco Balilla, 1880-1955. person
associatedWith Russolo, Luigi. person
associatedWith Scurto, Ignazio. person
associatedWith Severini, Gino, 1883-1966. person
associatedWith Sironi, Mario, 1885-1961. person
associatedWith Sprovieri, Paolo person
associatedWith Sprovieri, Paolo. person
associatedWith The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art Library. corporateBody
associatedWith Umberto Boccioni], person
associatedWith Walden Herwarth, 1878-1941. person
associatedWith Winston, Lydia, 1897- person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Art criticism--History--20th century
Art, Italian
World War, 1914-1918--Campaigns
Futurism (Art)
Architecture--History--20th century
World War, 1914-1918--Campaigns--Italy
Art criticism--History--20th century--Italy
Sculpture, Italian--20th century
Italian poetry--20th century
Art--Italian (?)--Reproductions
Architecture--Italy--20th century
Art, Italian--20th century
Painting, Italian--20th century


Birth 1882-10-19

Death 1916-08-17





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