Pastel and charcoal
Sheet: 59.6 x 48.2 cm (23 7/16 x 19 in.); Framed: 92 x 71.8 x 3 cm (36 1/4 x 28 1/4 x 1 3/16 in.)
Gift of Mrs. Malcolm L. McBride 1942.249
© Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Modern modes of transportation were a central theme in Severini’s work from 1910 when he joined other artists of the Futurist movement, which embraced the modern city and developed an aesthetic based on the machine and speed. Following a visit to Paris in 1911, Severini began incorporating in his work allusions to the French capital’s technological advances such as the Metro and the Eiffel Tower. A sense of velocity is conveyed here through interpenetrating planes, shifting viewpoints, and abrupt juxtapositions of word and image. Pastel provides punctuated bursts of vivid color in an otherwise monochromatic, urban environment.
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