Modern Idol (1911) by Umberto Boccioni

Modern Idol - Umberto Boccioni - 1911

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TitleModern Idol
ArtistUmberto Boccioni
MediumOil On Wood
Dimensions23 1/2 x 23 in (59.7 x 58.4 cm)
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About Modern Idol

Umberto Boccioni, a leading artist of Italian Futurism, created “Study for Modern Idol” in 1911. Trained in the style of pointillism, he later became influenced by Cubism and helped shape the revolutionary aesthetic of the Futurism movement. His work centered on portraying movement, speed, and technology.

“Study for Modern Idol” captures the color and dynamism of modern life through its depiction of a human-like figure with sharp angles and an elongated neck. This sculpture is part of Boccioni’s ongoing exploration of form and space, using tactics such as overlapping planes to create an almost three-dimensional effect.

Boccioni’s devotion to futurist principles can be seen in this artwork – his emphasis on speed and technological advancement is evident through his use of metallic materials such as bronze. Additionally, the sense of motion conveyed by “Modern Idol” reinforces his central idea that art should reflect contemporary life in all its dynamic glory.

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