Uomo in movimento

Accession Number
1959/2.100

Title
Uomo in movimento

Artist(s)
Mino Rosso

Artist Nationality
Italian (culture or style)

Object Creation Date
1934

Medium & Support
bronze with wood base

Dimensions
29 1/8 in x 12 5/8 in x 9 9/16 in (73.98 cm x 32.07 cm x 24.29 cm);25 9/16 in x 12 5/8 in x 6 11/16 in (64.93 cm x 32.07 cm x 16.99 cm);3 9/16 in x 11 13/16 in x 9 9/16 in (9.05 cm x 30 cm x 24.29 cm)

Subject matter
Typical of art of the Futurists movement, this sculpture engages in a formal investigation of the fourth-dimension (time/movement). Rosso utilized the lessons learned from Cubism to create a dynamic representation of a three-dimensional figure, then adding to that the reflection of the man moving in space. In so doing, he created a sculpture that has both a forward movement to the left as well as a kinetic spiralling spin.

This work was created as part of the so-called "Second Wave" Futurism that continued after the First World War, under the purview of the Italian Fascist State. This piece reflects the Futurist ideals of masculinity – strength, mobility, and stability – which was highly praised by the Regime. With a massive frame, the figure is a representation of strength but, at the same time, also agile and mobile, as a reflection of the dynamism of modernity.

Physical Description
A bronze sculpture of an abstracted male figure in motion. His knees are bent to the right and his arms are tucked along his torso. The strong diagonal lines make him appear to be propelling in movement with great force. Juxtaposing the dark wooden base, there is light patina in the mostly bright bronze.

Primary Object Classification
Sculpture

Primary Object Type
casting

Additional Object Classification(s)
Sculpture

Collection Area
Modern and Contemporary

Rights
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Futurist
abstraction
fascism
figures (representations)
force
men (male humans)
modern and contemporary art
motion

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On display

UMMA Gallery Location ➜ FFW, Mezzanine ➜ M01 (Joan and Robert Tisch Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art)