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Gino Severini

1883-1966

Gino Severini was born in 1883 in Cortona. He moved to Rome in 1901 and there met Umberto Boccioni: they visited Giacomo Balla in his studio and he introduced them to Divisionismo. He attended the School of Nude at the Academy of Fine Arts and the Evening school of design at Villa Medici. In 1906 he went to Paris, where he soon become one of the protagonist of the avant-garde.

Pressurissed by Filippo Tommaso Marinetti and Boccioni, Severini joined the Futurist movement and signed the Technical Manifesto of Futurist Painting in April 1910. He often choose dancing figures to express Futurist theories dynamism in art. From 1916 to 1921, when he published Du cubisme au classicisme, he passed from a Cubist purism to a neoclassicism with metaphysical echoes.

In 1923 he is present at the Rome Biennale; he also took part in two Milanese exhibitions of Novecento Italiano (1926 and 1929) and the other one in Geneva (1929). In 1928 he returned to Rome.

In 1930, with the other “Italians of Paris”, he is present at the Venice Biennale. In 1935 he won the Grand Prize for painting at Rome Quadriennale. He stayed between Paris and Rome. He realizes a decoration for the Universal Exhibition of Paris in 1938. After the war he returns to the themes of his Futurist period: dancers, light, motion. During his entire career Severini published important theoretical essays and books on art. He died in Paris in 1966.

His works are in several museums including: the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Rodin Museum and the Centre George Pompidou in Paris, the Museum Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Madrid, the Tate Gallery in London and other public and private collections of international importance.

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