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Umberto Boccioni papers, 1898-1986

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Boccioni (Umberto) papers

Scope and Content of Collection

The Umberto Boccioni papers consist primarily of handwritten manuscripts from Boccioni's Futurist phase (1910-1915), many of which were collected, often in somewhat different form, in his book, Pittura scultura futuriste (Dinamismo Plastico). The notes and rough draft manuscripts offer a glimpse of Boccioni's compositional method and the evolution of his ideas during his very productive final five years. Most of the correspondence is from this period as well, and is generally from Futurist colleagues to Boccioni, with a few letters from Boccioni or to Marinetti. There are also a number of letters from or between family members, dating from 1899, as well as consolation letters to family members following Boccioni's premature death, with a few letters from the 1950's. Diaries and photographs supplement the papers, offering further evidence of Boccioni's deep commitment to his work. Numerous clippings about Boccioni's work and life emphasize his importance as a 20th c. artist.

Arrangement note

The papers are organized in 4 series:
Series I: Correspondence, 1898-1965;
Series II: Manuscripts, notes and clippings, 1910-1916;
Series III: Personal, 1907-1915;
Series IV: Printed ephemera, 1912-1986.




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