Horizontal Volumes (1912) by Umberto Boccioni

Horizontal Volumes - Umberto Boccioni - 1912

Artwork Information

TitleHorizontal Volumes
ArtistUmberto Boccioni
MediumOil On Canvas
Dimensions37 3/8 x 37 5/8 in (95 x 95.5 cm)

About Horizontal Volumes

The artwork “Horizontal Volumes” by Umberto Boccioni, created in the year 1912, is an oil on canvas piece with the dimensions of 37 3/8 x 37 5/8 inches (95 x 95.5 cm). This painting is an exemplary work from the Futurist movement, to which Boccioni was a central figure.

The artwork presents a dynamic composition, characterized by a complex interweaving of shapes and planes that create a sense of movement and energy. In keeping with the principles of Futurism, the painting does not attempt to capture a moment in time but instead aims to convey the sensation of motion and the passage of time. The colors are a mix of somber and vibrant tones, which further amplify the sense of dynamism within the piece.

Applied with vigorous brushwork, angular and fragmented forms dominate the canvas, blurring the boundaries between the subject and its surroundings. This technique reflects the essence of Futurism, focusing on speed, technology, and the visual effects of modernity. The artwork embodies the revolutionary spirit of the era, inviting viewers to engage with an alternative perception of reality, one that is fractured and ever-changing.

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