Elasticity (1912) by Umberto Boccioni

Elasticity - Boccioni, Umberto - 1912 - 2

Artwork Information

ArtistUmberto Boccioni
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions100.06 x 100.06 cm
Art MovementFuturism
Current LocationPalazzo Brera, Milan, Italy
Location Created Milan, Italy
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About Elasticity

Umberto Boccioni’s painting “Elasticity” was created in 1912 in Milan, Italy. It is a masterpiece that exemplifies the Futurist aesthetic of dynamic movement and energy. The painting depicts a galloping horse through the use of contorted forms, bright colors, and rays of light that create an illusion of speed and motion. This work reflects Boccioni’s attempts to explore sculptural ideas and interactions between matter and space.

Boccioni was an influential figure in the Futurist movement, which aimed to break away from traditional artistic styles by celebrating modern life and technology. The movement emphasized speed, energy, dynamism, and progress over static representations. “Elasticity” stands as one of Boccioni’s most popular paintings because it epitomizes these characteristics through its portrayal of a fast-moving horse.

One can admire the way Boccioni used bold lines to create fluid forms that interact with each other to represent kinetic energy effectively. This artwork showcases how motion can be captured on a canvas by distorting shapes while emphasizing color contrasts that would otherwise seem discordant. All these elements combined offer viewers an experience unlike any other art piece produced during this era.

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