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Umberto Boccioni. (1882-1916). Forces of a Street. (1911).
Futurism

21.08.2013

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Umberto Boccioni. (1882-1916). Forces of a Street. (1911).

Umberto Boccioni painter and Italian sculptor is an important representative and a theorist of the futuristic movement.
In 1910 after having met Carrà, Marinetti and Russolo it signs : Proclamation of painting and the futuristic sculpture. It specifies the requirement of the futuristic group there : to see the artists releasing themselves from last and launching out in the modern world, with its movement, its speed and its dynamism. Influenced by the cubism by its voyage to Paris in 1911, Boccioni seeks to represent the movement and the sounds by geometrical forms. It often uses complementary colors. Followers of the divided key of the neo-impressionism, the futuristic painters deliver themselves to the analysis of the movement by the decomposition of the bodies in the successive moments of their displacement in space and time. Following their first exposure to Paris organized in February 1912, the futuristic painters adopt the geometrical composition of cubism to return the dynamism of the lines which cross their pictures. 

The point of view of the spectator is at the level of the rupture between the two plans. From this place the glance can go up or go down. The top seems to represent the sound and the light which raise, bottom the street and the characters. 

3 silhouettes are detached clearly, 2 on the lower natural points of interest, right and left. And between the 2 lower tension fields.

One distinguishes a foreground with the pavement and the characters and further one second plan where movements seem to rise upwards.

In top the lines hurl in height a little like the sound of a rumor which would arrive of the street. The colors are cold and close o each other. 

In bottom the geometrical form-colors are rather horizontal and let us tons them various as well cold as hot.

Details : 

This character seems in the middle of the street. At his sides one distinguishes the 2 pavements on the right and on the left. 

In top of work the sounds seems to go up towards the sky. Rumor of crowd, noises of the cars, all that makes the daily din of a street. 

On the left one recognizes the silhouette of a man of ripe age with a coat.

Light : 

There exist very luminous zones in the foreground, undoubtedly the lights of the street. The 2 pavements are quite enlightened. In top the clearest zones are in top and darkest in bottom, the light like the sound seems to rise. 

Colors: Contrasts between hot and cold colors and complementary colors. 

Similars Paintings : 

Carlo Carrà. Funeral of the Galli Anarchist. (1910).

Carlo Carrà. Portrait of the Marinetti Poet. (1910).

Carlo Carrà. Woman with the Balcony. (1920).