Dr. Przemysław Strożek
Institute of Art Polish Academy of Sciences / Instytut Sztuki Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Dynamics of Futurist Football
Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of Umberto Boccioni’s Dinamismo di un Footballer (1913-2013)
In 1913, whenever professional Vercelli won the Italian Championship for the 3rd time in a-row, Umberto Boccioni painted Dinamismo di un footballer – most likely the initial Futurist and avant-garde painting in which the subject of soccer appeared.(1) During the entire year Boccioni was exploring the problems of human anatomy dynamics with such paintings as Dinamismo di un corpo umano and Dinamismo di un ciclista. Dinamismo di un footballer along with his two aforementioned paintings formed some sort of triptych on the subject of recreation, designed to validate Boccioni’s proclamation from Futurist Painting: Specialized Manifesto (1910), that ‘the motion and light ruin the materiality of bodies’.(2) The figure of this footballer, caught within the ceaseless simultaneity of this activity of kicking a football, would go through an overall total dematerialization into the paintings’ dynamical and luminous environments. The silhouette of moving footballer anticipated the idea of synthetic dynamism, according to which ‘dynamic kind is a species of fourth measurement in artwork and sculpture’.(3) Boccioni expressed the necessity to introduce a dynamic element in artwork so your topic appears to be to stay in constant movement. The reality associated with modern-day, fast transforming world would be to be expressed by omnipresent dynamism. for this reason Boccioni launched elements connected to activities in the paintings – they allowed him to try and depict powerful continuity as one form.
Dinamismo di un footballer couldn't communicate the atmosphere regarding the stadium – the field, the goalposts, the spectator appears, or the competing footballers. Were it perhaps not for title, it might have-been hard to guess that baseball ended up being its subject after all. Boccioni depicted a footballer, shaping their human anatomy to be able to maximise his actual force, expressing the and virility associated with the new century attracting the masses. Painted in such method in which he rises over the floor, the footballer seems to be making moves similar to those of aircraft propellers. Boccioni thus explored the mechanical facets of movement – muscle tissue built to resemble those of a machine. It appears that Dinamismo di un footballer not just referenced the idea of synthetic dynamism, but has also been an allegory associated with new guy, of a superhero. It really is no accident that Boccioni’s artwork had been certainly one of Marinetti’s favourites – it hung in main point of his Rome apartment. Overall, Dinamismo di un footballer constituted one of the greatest accomplishments of Futurist artwork, where all that was dynamic, mechanical and modern-day combined because of the eyesight regarding the Futurist superhuman.