I Tulipani is part of this synthesized approach, representing a link between Futurism and Cubism, combining the rigour of construction with the dynamism of colour. Painted in late 1916, it belongs to a series of paintings of the same size with the same stylistic motifs. In particular, the same Scottish tartan tablecloth can be seen in some of them, giving the composition structure and reinforcing the impression of flatness that is characteristic of this new period. In this series, the artist draws inspiration from the papier collé techniques of the great Cubist masters and strives to create skilfully arranged compositions, a far cry from the hectic, colourful compositions of the Futurist years. As a work that straddles various influences involving the interaction of structure and colour, I Tulipani is particularly representative of Severini’s aspirations, in reference to which the art historian Bernard Dorival said: “He was – and this is what made him original, or even a genius – the bridge between Futurism and Cubism.”
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