14 Facts About Umberto Boccioni


Umberto Boccioni was an influential Italian painter and sculptor.


Umberto Boccioni helped shape the revolutionary aesthetic of the Futurism movement as one of its principal figures.


Umberto Boccioni's works are held by many public art museums, and in 1988 the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City organized a major retrospective of 100 pieces.


Umberto Boccioni was born on 19 October 1882 in Reggio Calabria.


Umberto Boccioni's father was a minor government employee, originally from the Romagna region in the north, and his job included frequent reassignments throughout Italy.


Umberto Boccioni studied under the Liberty style poster artist Giovanni Mataloni.


Umberto Boccioni had first visited the Famiglia Artistica, a society for artists in Milan, in 1901.

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In 1912 he exhibited some paintings together with other Italian futurists at the Galerie Bernheim-Jeune, and the following year returned to show his sculptures at the Galerie La Boetie: all related to the elaboration of what Umberto Boccioni had seen in Paris, where he had visited the studios of Cubist sculptors, including those of Constantin Brancusi, Raymond Duchamp-Villon and Alexander Archipenko to further his knowledge of avant-garde sculpture.


On 24 October 1915, Umberto Boccioni participated in the battle of Dosso Casina.


In May 1916 Umberto Boccioni was drafted into the Italian Army, and was assigned to an artillery regiment at Sorte of Chievo, near Verona.


Umberto Boccioni died the following day, age thirty-three, at Verona Military Hospital, and he was buried in the Monumental Cemetery of that city.


Umberto Boccioni worked for nearly a year on La citta sale or The City Rises, 1910, a huge painting, which is considered his turning point into Futurism.


Umberto Boccioni had fully parted with Divisionism, and now focused on the sensations derived from his observation of modern life.


In 1914 Umberto Boccioni published his book, Pittura, scultura futuriste, which caused a rift between himself and some of his Futurist comrades.