In the wake of the duo art-life, of which the Futurists were fond, where is the dream?

Milan pays tribute to Umberto Boccioni on the occasion of the centenary of his death, presenting in Palazzo Reale about 280 works in an exhibition promoted by the Comune di Milano-Culture, produced by Castello Sforzesco, Museo del Novecento and Palazzo Reale with the publisher Electa.
The thread – constantly moving- is the most representative graphic core by Boccioni in the world, consisting of 60 drawings made from 1906 to 1916, kept in the collections of the Gabinetto dei Disegni of the Castello Sforzesco. From here force artistic lines branch out.
 Gallerie d’Italia, Galleria d’arte Moderna, Pinacoteca di Brera, Museo del Novecento and numerous private collections represent stages of a journey in the inheritance of the artist.

Umberto Boccioni, Eloisa Reverie Vezzosi

From the dynamic breaking, the discovery begins.

I am welcomed by the same Boccioni. I look at his “Self-portrait” of the Castello Sforzesco. His “Atlas” of memory opens this way: albums of pictures and memories of places, friends and reproductions of famous works.

Eloisa Reverie Vezzosi, Umberto Boccioni

The groove of the earth give way to the grooves of the time on the skin of the faces of “Grandma” by Boccioni and “Portrait of Mother” by Balla.

Eloisa Reverie Vezzosi, Umberto Boccioni

But then it is a powerful dive in the sea of modesty and youth to bring art back to eternity: in fact I look discreetly at the young woman by the “Stream” by Anders Zorn and “The cherub of Mozart” by Jacques-Emile Blanche.

Umberto Boccioni, Eloisa Reverie Vezzosi

And along with the “Portrait of Dr. Gopcevich (Kopcick)” all faces displayed next to this turn their eyes toward the golden burning of “Chariot of the Sun” by Previati.

Eloisa Reverie Vezzosi, Umberto Boccioni

Segantini, Previati and Fornara, the three reference points of the young Boccioni, three fundamental Divisionists for his training as essential for his reinventions are his sister, mother and Ines, or the “Three Women” of 1910.

Umberto Boccioni, Eloisa Reverie Vezzosi

Polimateric painting, multifaceted artist.
In 1908 Boccioni worked on the “Self Portrait” kept in Brera, painted on the back of a canvas already used for a previous “Self-portrait” of 1905-1906. The “Self Portrait” is manifesto-work of his intents as were the “Portrait of a child”, “Sister Amelia at the balcony”, the “Naked Shoulders (backlight)” and the aforementioned “Three Women” of his life. From the Renaissance to Felicien Rops, his pre-futurist influences are the most heterogeneous.

Umberto Boccioni, Eloisa Reverie Vezzosi

From the words entrusted to his diaries, we know that in the early Milanese period the artist used to prepare his drawings with great care and that since 1907 he learned the engraving technique.

Umberto Boccioni, Eloisa Reverie Vezzosi

“Dynamic feeling “, “motion and light”, “atmosphere”, “musicality of the line”, “congenital complementarism”: April 11, 1910 was born the “Technical Manifesto of Futurist painters”. And Boccioni officially finds the streets of “modern life”.

Umberto Boccioni, Eloisa Reverie Vezzosi

I see a “Woman at the Cafè”, upset like nobody ever before. The “Elasticity” of things is palpable, much as the “Forces of a road” become visible, almost tangible.
The sun goes down but to accompany the “Study for Twilight’” is “Twilight” itself and the “Giants and Pygmies (Study for the City Rising)” come to life… And that dream of a city rising becomes more and more reality.

Umberto Boccioni, Eloisa Reverie Vezzosi

”Mother” is “Matter” that becomes sculpture in Medardo Rosso, Picasso and Boccioni. “Madame Noblet” of the first turn to the “Head of a Woman” of the second and above all the “Antigrazioso” of the third cries, making his voice be heard. It is a dialogue of glances, a game of age and eternal signs of time, physical dreams and memories.

Umberto Boccioni, Eloisa Reverie Vezzosi

Umberto Boccioni, Eloisa Reverie Vezzosi

Umberto Boccioni, Eloisa Reverie Vezzosi

Umberto Boccioni, Eloisa Reverie Vezzosi

Umberto Boccioni, Eloisa Reverie Vezzosi

Umberto Boccioni, Eloisa Reverie Vezzosi

Umberto Boccioni, Eloisa Reverie Vezzosi

Credits:
Special thanks to DROMe
Photo: Daniele Fragale