The City Rises (1910) by Umberto Boccioni

The City Rises - Umberto Boccioni - 1910

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

About The City Rises

The artwork “The City Rises,” painted by Umberto Boccioni in 1910, exemplifies the dynamism and energy of the Futurism art movement. This oil on canvas measures 78 1/2 by 118 1/2 inches (199.3 x 301 cm) and belongs to the genre of sketch and study. The artwork is part of the collection at The Museum of Modern Art in New York. It is a visual representation of the mechanical and industrial forces reshaping the urban landscape at the beginning of the 20th century.

Upon observation, the artwork conveys a sense of vigorous movement and upheaval. The swirling colors and dynamic lines create a sense of action and transformation, capturing the essence of a metropolis in the throes of modernization. Bright hues of red, yellow, and blue clash and blend together, evoking the noise and chaos of construction. The lines appear to extend beyond the canvas, suggesting the uncontainable force of the burgeoning city. The execution of the artwork is consistent with the Futurist principle of highlighting the rhythmic beauty of speed and the simultaneous depiction of motion and light.

The painting as depicted in the provided material, however, does not seem to match the description of “The City Rises.” The artwork shown here contains bold strokes and a different composition, and so it might represent a different work by the artist or a work by another artist entirely. If this image is indeed intended to represent Boccioni’s famed painting, there is a discrepancy between the image and the recognized artwork by Boccioni.

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