The Museum of Avant-garde

Umberto Boccioni

Italy (1882—1916)
Born in Reggio Calabria, Boccioni received his artistic training in Rome, studying Pointilism from Giacomo Balla. His initial work was close to Verismo but also influenced by Cubism. His encounter with Marinetti led him to transfer his philosophy into visual arts. Soon after, together with Marinetti, Carrà and Severini he wrote the Futurist Manifesto and became the movement main promoter. He created artworks that well represented the contemporary city. In 1912 he exhibited at the Futurist exhibition in Paris, moving towards a more abstract expression, such as States of Mind I-III and working on sculptural projects. He also collaborated with Lacerba newspaper and published his book Futurist Painting and Sculpture. With the begin of WWI he was called to the front but back in Italy he was fatally injured during a training.