#FridayPainting: Umberto Boccioni “Donna in Giardino”

“We must now learn to draw inspiration from the tangible miracles that surround us.” Umberto Boccioni

Umberto Boccioni, Woman in the a Garden (Donna in Giardino) 1910 (Public Domain)

As I look deep within this pastel painting, I feel the energy of movement that comes from the child leading the way up the pathway. There is a warmth that comes through that reminds me of the atmosphere of a late summer day.

When I looked into Umberto Boccioni’s background, I was surprised to find that he used the same word “atmosphere” to define how he approached painting: “To paint a human figure you must not paint it; you must render the whole of its surrounding atmosphere.”

Umberto Boccioni, Woman in the a Garden (Donna in Giardino) 1910 (Public Domain)

“Umberto Boccioni (1882–1916) was the leading artist of Italian Futurism. During his short life, he produced some of the movement’s iconic paintings and sculptures, capturing the color and dynamism of modern life in a style he theorized and defended in manifestos, books, and articles.Rosalind McKever
Department of Modern and Contemporary Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

“A time will come when the eye of man will perceive colors as feelings within itself.” Umberto Boccioni

Umberto Boccioni, Woman in the a Garden (Donna in Giardino) 1910 (Public Domain)
Umberto Boccioni, Woman in the a Garden (Donna in Giardino) 1910 (Public Domain)