Charge of the Lancers (1915) by Umberto Boccioni

Charge of the Lancers - Umberto Boccioni - 1915

Artwork Information

TitleCharge of the Lancers
ArtistUmberto Boccioni
Dimensions50 x 32 cm
Art MovementFuturism
Current LocationPrivate Collection
Location Created Milan, Italy
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About Charge of the Lancers

The Charge of the Lancers is a painting by Italian Futurist artist Umberto Boccioni, created in 1915. This artwork depicts a cavalry charging and trampling over soldiers with bayonets, symbolizing the triumph of modernization over traditional social structures. Boccioni was known for his portrayal of movement, speed, and technology in his work, which is evident in this piece.

The painting is a 32 x 50 cm collage made of cardboard and tempera on pasteboard. Boccioni’s use of materials reflects his innovative approach to art and his rejection of traditional methods. The Charge of the Lancers is an excellent example of Boccioni’s advocacy for the destruction of Italy’s dead past and his desire for a more modern society.

Unfortunately, Boccioni died a year after creating this masterpiece, making it his only war painting. The Charge of the Lancers is a unique example of how art can portray a powerful message about society and its values. Through his use of movement and symbolism, Boccioni conveys a sense of progress and evolution that continues to inspire artists and viewers today.

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