Unique Form of Continuity in Space (1913) by Umberto Boccioni

Unique Form of Continuity in Space - Umberto Boccioni - 1913

Artwork Information

TitleUnique Form of Continuity in Space
ArtistUmberto Boccioni
Dimensions126.4 x 89 x 40.6 cm
Art MovementCubism
Current LocationMuseum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York City, NY, US
Location Created Milan, Italy
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About Unique Form of Continuity in Space

Umberto Boccioni’s Unique Form of Continuity in Space is an iconic sculpture created in 1913 as part of the Futurist movement. The sculpture depicts a human figure in motion, with an aerodynamic and fluid form that synthesizes the process of walking into a single body. It is armless and without a discernibly real face, representing the deconstruction of masses and use of dynamic movement advocated by Boccioni and Futurism.

The sculpture has been cast in bronze on several occasions for museum display and is one of a series of sculptures of striding figures created by Boccioni in 1913. As part Futuristic philosophy, Boccioni integrated trajectories of speed and force into the representation of a striding figure made from smooth solid shapes with angular nature, influenced by cubism and geometry.

Today Unique Form Of Continuity In Space remains one of Umberto Boccioni’s most recognizable works. It represents the idea that man is becoming machine, moving head-on into forceful winds which makes up its main concept. This significant example perfectly demonstrates how cutting edge art can capture both cultural thought developments insights representing our thinking about ourselves at specific points in history. Also mentioned was it selling $16,165,000 at auction in 2019 making it among few artworks sold for such high prices testifying to its importance in Art history archive popular contemporary culture books.

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