The City Rises (1910) by Umberto Boccioni

The City Rises - Boccioni, Umberto - 1910 - 2

Artwork Information

TitleThe City Rises
ArtistUmberto Boccioni
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions78 1/2 x 118 1/2 in (199.3 x 301 cm)
Art MovementFuturism
Current LocationThe Museum of Modern Art, New York
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About The City Rises

The City Rises is a painting created by Umberto Boccioni, a prominent Italian painter and sculptor. This artwork is considered his first significant Futurist piece, which conveys the energetic pace of modern cities and its inhabitants. The use of bold colors and dynamic, fragmented human figures in the crowd scenes creates a sense of motion and speed, which are principal characteristics of the Futurist style.

The painting showcases all of the main themes of Italian Futurism, making it an essential work of art to spread the Futurist movement’s ideas. Boccioni and other Futurists urged the rejection of Italy’s past, calling for the destruction of cultural monuments, libraries, and museums. The City Rises was exhibited in various European cities to share Futuristic principles, emphasizing the movement’s interest in evoking the vitality and energy of urban life.

The painting’s intricate use of color, movement, and human figures provides a distinct perspective of the evolution of art during this period. Boccioni’s work expresses Futurism’s embrace of modernity, which he utilized to convey the intensity and pace of contemporary life. The City Rises is an excellent example of how the Futurist movement helped inform and influence the art of the 20th century.

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