Umberto Boccioni was an influential Italian painter and sculptor, one of the most prominent and influential artists among the Italian Futurists - an art movement that emerged in the years before the First World War.
He helped shape the revolutionary aesthetic of the Futurism movement as one of its principal figures. Despite his short life, his approach to the dynamism of form and the deconstruction of solid mass guided artists long after his death. His works are held by many public art museums, and in 1988 the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York organized a major retrospective of 100 pieces.
Featured image: Umberto Boccioni - Self portrait, 1905 (detail)