Umberto Boccioni – Unique Forms of Continuity in Space 1913


Umberto Boccioni was an Italian painter and sculptor. He is best known for his aesthetic influence on the Futurism movement. The artists of the Futurism movement believed in their manifesto that technology and modern life should be celebrated, the group were constantly looking to new technologies to progress and improve their art-forms.

What I like about this sculpture is the cubist inspired portrayal of movement. The figure appears to be battling some kind of force or tension to complete his/her strides forward. With the title being, ‘Unique Forms of Continuity in Space’ perhaps it is best to try and completely understand the title statement in order to relate it to the work. Google offers some poignant definitions:

  • the unbroken and consistent existence or operation of something over time.
  • a state of stability and the absence of disruption.
  • a connection or line of development with no sharp breaks.

The figure, with this context, seems physically stronger to me. Although I already identified that I can see a battle against a force, I now think that actually the figure does appear to have a state of stability even with its abstracted form. The curves and shapes seem to move around the force, but never breaking. But that is just my interpretation.

Through, his work has been described as:

an art that uniquely expressed the speed, dynamism and tragedy of modern-day life.

Although he only had a short life and art career, more of his work can be seen and read about here.

Unique Forms of Continuity in Space 1913, cast 1972 by Umberto Boccioni 1882-1916
Umberto Boccioni – Unique Forms of Continuity in Space 1913