Umberto Boccioni. States of Mind I: The Farewells. 1911

Umberto Boccioni

States of Mind I: The Farewells


On view
Oil on canvas
27 3/4 x 37 3/8" (70.5 x 96.2 cm)
Gift of Nelson A. Rockefeller
Object number
Painting and Sculpture
This work is on view on Floor 5, in Painting and Sculpture I, Gallery 3, with 12 other works online.
Umberto Boccioni has 20 works online.
There are 2,104 paintings online.

Set in a train station, this series of three paintings explores the psychological dimension of modern life's transitory nature. In The Farewells, Boccioni captures chaotic movement and the fusion of people swept away in waves as the train's steam bellows into the sky. Oblique lines hint at departure in Those Who Go, in which Boccioni said he sought to express "loneliness, anguish, and dazed confusion." In Those Who Stay, vertical lines convey the weight of sadness carried by those left behind.

Gallery label from 2006

Provenance Research Project
This work is included in the Provenance Research Project, which investigates the ownership history of works in MoMA's collection.
Filippo Tommaso Marinetti (1876-1944), Milan and Rome. By 1912 – [1944]
Donna Benedetta Marinetti, Rome (Marinetti’s widow). [1944] - 1949
Nelson A. Rockefeller, New York. Acquired from Donna Benedetta Marinetti, October 1949 - 1979
The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Nelson A. Rockefeller, 1979

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