Umberto Boccioni

Umberto Boccioni (ōōmbĕr´tō bŏt-chô´nē), 1882–1916, Italian futurist painter and sculptor. He played a primary role in the drafting of the manifesto of futurism in 1910 and was the major figure in the movement until 1914. In his famous, characteristic painting, The City Rises (1910; Mus. of Modern Art, New York City), he interpreted powerfully the technological turbulence of modern civilization. Influenced by Medardo Rosso, Boccioni turned to sculpture in 1912 and sought to translate light and motion into mass. His sculpture Unique Forms of Continuity in Space (1913; Mus. of Modern Art) embodies his concept of "lines of force" to replace the use of straight lines.

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Joshua C. Taylor.
Double & Company, Inc., 1961
The Graphic Work of Umberto Boccioni
Joshua C. Taylor.
The Museum of Modern Art, 1961
Joshua C. Taylor.
The Museum of Modern Art, 1961
Librarian’s tip: "Umberto Boccioni" begins on p. 84
Theory and Design in the First Machine Age
Reyner Banham.
Architectural Press, 1960
Librarian’s tip: Section II "Italy: Futurist Manifesto and Projects, 1909-1914"
Modern Italian Painting: From Futurism to the Present Day
Guido Ballo.
Frederick A. Praeger, 1958
Librarian’s tip: "Boccioni" begins on p. 20
Italian Futurist Theatre, 1909-1944
Günter Handler Berghaus.
Clarendon Press, 1998
Librarian’s tip: "The Beginnings of a Futurist Performance Art: The Early Serate" begins on p. 85
The Vital Art of D.H. Lawrence: Vision and Expression
Jack Stewart.
Southern Illinois University Press, 1999
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 5 "Futurism and Mechanism in Women in Love"
Boccioni: A Retrospective
Danto, Arthur Coleman.
The Nation, Vol. 247, No. 13, November 7, 1988
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