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Umberto Boccioni - Italian Artist From Art History

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Historical Artist - Umberto Boccioni (1882 - 1916)

Umberto Boccioni was a member of the Futurist movement, signing two of the its painting manifestoes in 1910. He also wrote a manifesto on sculpture two years later. His early work dealt with city life but he developed an abstract style after his visit to Paris 1912. In sculpture, Boccioni used an array of materials including glass, electricity and motorized parts. He died while serving in the Italian army during World War I.

Like other Futurists, his work centered on the portrayal of movement (dynamism), speed, and technology. He was born in Reggio Calabria, Italy. Mobilized in the declaration of war, Boccioni was assigned at an artillery regiment at Sorte, near Verona. On 16 August 1916, Boccioni was thrown from his horse during a cavalry training exercise and was trampled. He died the following day, age thirty-four.

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