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UMBERTO BOCCIONI | Paysage

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80,000 - 120,000 EUR
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Description

  • Umberto Boccioni
  • Paysage
  • bears a signature U. Boccioni lower right
  • oil on panel
  • 26,8 x 36 cm; 10 5/8 x 14 1/4 in.
Painted circa 1908.

Provenance

Emilio Sommariva, Milan;
Acquired by the grandfather of the present owners, probably from the above

Exhibited

Boccioni, Castello Sforzesco, Milan 1933, no. 87

Literature

Federica Rovati, "La mostra su Boccioni del 1933", in Acme: Annali della Facoltà di Lettere e Filosofia dell'Università degli Studi di Milano, vol. LIV, September-December 2001, p. 306, no. 87, listed under the title Paesaggio

Catalogue Note

The authenticity of this work has been confirmed by Mrs. Ester Coen.

This wonderful early landscape by Umberto Boccioni foreshadows the forthcoming revolutionary work associated with the Futurist movement. At a time when Italy was rapidly industrializing and cities growing, Boccioni offers us a novel vision of the countryside, perhaps near his hometown of Morciano di Romagna in Italy. Contrarily to the impressionistic tradition in which the countryside often appears as a shelter from contemporary city life, Boccioni here focuses on the land as a space of vitality and energy which he expresses with his superbly vigorous brushstrokes and bright colours. The canvas perfectly renders the power of the wind, bending the trees and wheat in a whirling and energetic flow. Boccioni himself admitted that the pictorial language of the impressionist masters had served as a source for Futurism. This landscape thus becomes a fascinating example of a work in which the impressionist pictorial vocabulary dialogues and slowly gives way to the new painterly dynamism that would come to characterise the radically innovative visual language of the Futurists.
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