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Umberto Boccioni

1882 Reggio di Calabria – 1916 near Verona

The painter and sculptor, Umberto Boccioni, produced a relatively modest yet artistically noteworthy printed oeuvre which, despite its consistently naturalist approach, betrays rudiments of Futurism in some of the prints. Without exception all the prints are etchings or dry point etchings, done between 1907 and 1910. During this time Boccioni studied briefly in Venice and then in Milan, where he made the acquaintance of the like-minded young artists, Carlo Carrà, Luigi Russolo and Filippo Tommaso Marinetti. Together with them and his earlier fellow students, Giacomo Balla and Gino Severini, the artist published the first Futurist manifesto in February 1910.