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Umberto Boccioni. Dynamism of a Soccer Player. 1913
Umberto Boccioni

Dynamism of a Soccer Player

1913
On view
Medium
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
6' 4 1/8" x 6' 7 1/8" (193.2 x 201 cm)
Credit
The Sidney and Harriet Janis Collection
Object number
580.1967

In this work a soccer player dematerializes into a luminous and flickering atmosphere, save for his firmly sculpted calf, at center. Here Boccioni offered a demonstration of a principle he articulated in his 1910 text "Technical Manifesto of Futurist Painting": "To paint a human figure you must not paint it; you must render the whole of its surrounding atmosphere . . . movement and light destroy the materiality of bodies." With stippled brushwork and kaleidoscopic color, the painting communicates the spirited energy of a youthful athlete.

Gallery label from 2012
Provenance information
Filippo Tommaso Marinetti (1876-1944), Milan and Rome. By 1920. [Probably by 1913] – [1944]
Donna Benedetta Marinetti, Rome (Marinetti’s widow). [1944] - 1954
Sidney and Harriet Janis, New York. Acquired from Donna Benedetta Marinetti, 1954 - 1967
The Museum of Modern Art, New York. The Sidney and Harriet Janis Collection, 1967

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