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

About Charge of the Lancers

The artwork “Charge of the Lancers” by Umberto Boccioni is a notable example of the Futurism movement, created in 1915. The medium of this piece is a collage using cardboard and tempera, encompassing the dynamic and modern sensibilities characteristic of the era. The artwork falls under the genre painting category and measures 50 by 32 centimeters. Its creation took place in Milan, Italy, and it is currently held in a private collection.

The artwork exhibits the raw energy and kinetic force that Futurism celebrated. The composition itself is a dynamic array of colors, shapes, and textural elements that seem to collide and interweave, creating a sense of intense movement and chaos that echoes the tumultuous nature of a cavalry charge. The fragmented forms and overlapping shapes suggest the simultaneous motion and violence of the scene, with abstracted parts of human and equine figures discernible amid the rush. The use of collage materials contributes additional depth and a sense of the fragmentary nature of modern experience, a theme often explored by Futurist artists. The color palette is predominantly earth tones interspersed with darker shadows, adding to the dramatic effect of the composition. It is apparent that Boccioni aimed to capture not just the visual impression, but also the emotional resonance of the subject matter, emphasizing the themes of speed, technology, and industrialization that were central to the Futurist ethos.

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