Still Life: Bottle + Vase + Journal + Table

Gino Severini Italian

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A leader of Italian Futurism, Severini was living in Paris in 1912 when Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso began to paste pieces of cut paper onto their Cubist drawings. Inspired by such innovative papiers collés, Severini incorporated newspaper clippings into this work made a few years later. Severini’s Still Life, however, portrays a decidedly Futurist interest in dynamism and speed: the diagonal, vertical, and rotational lines and strong shading suggest energetic motion within fractured space. Likewise, the newspaper fragments reveal a Futurist sensibility, referencing French military actions, weaponry, and Italy’s then-neutrality in World War I.

Still Life: Bottle + Vase + Journal + Table, Gino Severini (Italian, Cortona 1883–1966 Paris), Charcoal, gouache, and cut and pasted newspaper on paper

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