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

Umberto Boccioni States of Mind I: The Farewells 1911

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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.
Medium
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
27 3/4 x 37 3/8" (70.5 x 96.2 cm)
Credit
Gift of Nelson A. Rockefeller
Object number
64.1979
Department
Painting and Sculpture

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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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