States Of Mind: Those Who Go Umberto Boccioni (1912)
🖼 About this piece
Those Who Go captures the rush of urban life. Created in the Futurist style, it forces us to confront a new century filled with heavy industry and seemingly unstoppable energy.
Futurists were obsessed with leaving the past behind, so a railway station — packed with fast, powerful steam trains and people in transit — is the perfect metaphor.
Boccioni would go on to create a colour version in oil. But we love this earlier monochrome concept; those powerful sweeping lines conveying the confusion felt by everyone on the platform — passengers in every sense of the word — as they hurtle towards an unrecognisable future.
Born 1882 in Italy, Umberto Boccioni was one of the founders and theorists of the Futurism movement. During The First World War, he served in the Italian army and was tragically killed — aged just 33 — during a cavalry training exercise after being thrown from his horse.
🖨 Print Suggestions
The painting’s original dimensions are 59 x 43 1/2 in. (149.9 x 110.5 cm)
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