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Umberto Boccioni
Portrait of Madame Cragnolini Fanna

1916

About

Bibliography Maurizio Calvesi, Ester Coen, Boccioni, General Catalogue, Milan, Electa 1983, cat. n. 941, p. 534 (wrongly indicated with the measure cm 120 x 80) Boccioni : visioni simultanee, Milan Palazzo Reale, December 1982, Edizioni Mazzotta, p. 288, tav. 141 On 18 August 1916 Umberto Boccioni, a volunteer in WWI, dies incidentally after falling from his horse. His military adventure had begun the year before after enrolling in the Volunteer Battalion of Cyclists of Gallarate. Here he met most of his futurist friends and colleagues such as Tommaso Marinetti, Mario Sironi, Antonio Sant’Ellia, Antonio Piatti, Luigi Russolo and Carlo Erba. In 1916 the young Umberto Boccioni painted just a few paintings: two small scaled works with a clear influence of Cézanne, a small sketch of a female portrait and two canvases of a greater significance: the Portrait of Master Ferruccio Busoni (today part of the collection of the Modern Art Gallery of Rome) and the Portrait of Madame Cragnolini Fanna (above represented). The work is characterized by an evident return to the lesson of Cézanne, combined with a clear futurist expression present in the treatment of the body of the painting. “The portrait of Madame Cragnolini Fanna confirms his attempt to liberate colour and assimilate the tradition of French impressionism” while the “facet prism convey and condense the light around the (external) face”. (Maurizio Calvesi, Ester Coen, Boccioni, General Catalogue, Milan, Electa 1983, cat. n. 941, p. 534).

Details

  • Creator
    Umberto Boccioni (1882-1916, Italian)
  • Creation Year
    1916
  • Dimensions
    Height: 39.38 in. (100 cm)Width: 35.44 in. (90 cm)
  • Medium
  • Period
  • Condition
    Excellent.
  • Gallery Location
    Rome, IT
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: G13062021821

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