States of Mind The Farewells (1911) by Umberto Boccioni

States of Mind The Farewells - Umberto Boccioni - 1911

Artwork Information

TitleStates of Mind The Farewells
ArtistUmberto Boccioni
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions70 x 95 cm
Art MovementFuturism
Current LocationMuseum of Modern Art, New York
Location Created Milan, Italy

About States of Mind The Farewells

The artwork titled “States of Mind: The Farewells” was created by Italian artist Umberto Boccioni in 1911. Crafted using oil on canvas, it measures approximately 70 by 95 centimeters and is considered an abstract piece within the Futurism art movement. This work of art is housed at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and was originally created in Milan, Italy.

“States of Mind: The Farewells” by Umberto Boccioni presents a swirling composition of dynamic forms and vivid colors that embody the energy and movement characteristic of the Futurism movement. This artwork appears to capture an emotional and psychological atmosphere rather than depicting a literal scene. The forms seem to be in a state of flux, representing the transient nature of experiences and the modern world’s constant motion. Though abstraction dominates, one might discern figures or faces within the chaotic blend of shapes, suggesting the human element in the whirlwind of progress and change that so fascinated the Futurists. Boccioni’s use of bold strokes and a kaleidoscope of colors contributes to the suggestion of motion and the intensity of emotion, thus emphasizing the core principles of Futurism — the celebration of technology, speed, and modernity. The piece stands out as a potent example of the desire to break away from traditional forms of representation and instead capture the essence of an experience through a unique visual language.

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