Acquired by the present owner's family prior to 1939
Venice, XVII Biennale Internationale d'Arte, 1930, no. 98
Paris, Galerie Jacques Bonjean, Gino Severini - Exposition retrospective, 1931, no. 3
Amsterdam, Kunsthandel Huinck & Scherjon, Gino Severini - Exposition retrospective, 1931, no. 8
Haarlem-De Hallen, Moderne Italiaane Kunst uit Nederlands particulier en museaal bezit, 1969, no. 170
Daniela Fonti, Gino Severini. Catalogo ragionato, Milan, 1988, no. 148, illustrated p. 151
These words, written in the same year this work was painted, help us to understand the artist’s complex and nuanced intentions. Although Futurist painting may often be associated with images of war, and of hurtling trains packed full of ammunition, the group was just as much concerned with the pulse of the modern urbanized city. Here, Severini does not merely celebrate the obvious dynamism of a train or a car, but the more intangible dynamism and buzz of Montmartre. Ordinarily stable elements are catapulted into action, and imbued with the city’s vitality. Forms are flattened and piled on top of each other to create a looming atmosphere where the background is given just as much importance as the foreground.
Please call 1-800-555-5555 to order a print catalog for this sale.
Online Registration to Bid is Closed for this Sale. Would you like to watch the live sale?Watch Live Sale