Dynamism of a Cyclist 1913 by Umberto Boccioni

Dynamism of a Cyclist 1913 by Umberto Boccioni

1. Describe each of the elements of the artwork.

            • Lines– Arching lines, sharp corners that form movement within the piece itself

and creating shapes with all of the colors. Having these bendable lines make the subject have much more flow making it seem life-like.

            • Shape– The shapes are formed through the lines but they also serve a purpose in this piece as body parts for the cyclist. Through the cone shaped arm to the slightly bended rectangle thigh, each shape serves a symbolic purpose for each body part of the subject.

            • Texture of the paint – brush-strokes how are they applied and the effect created. – This piece has repeating brush strokes that look like they had been aggressively layered on with pigment after pigment. This aggressive dry brush stroking form shifts of value changes that come together in unison with each other. They push the movement of this piece further by giving it an illusion of speed with how quickly the paint was brushed on.

            • Colors– Very strong primary colors and subtle secondary colors. The strong primary colors serve to give the subject more power and energy which is what is shown in the painting. It’s to give a an idea of how much the subject is pushing through the piece. While the secondary colors serve as subtle additions to help better define the setting and to show detail though its idea of bright colors representing light. With the secondary colors, they also hold a special idea of movement because of how little detailed they environment around the subject is. It’s as if the colors are moving through an endless cycle of bright colors that almost seem nonexistent.

            • Scale of elements on canvas-Shapes seem to grow smaller and grow greater in detail as it heads toward the subject of the painting. Value change in colors. Atmospheric perspective in darker areas of the subject making it stand out more.

2.  Describe the relationships between parts of the painting. Is there similarity and repetition – patterns? Do these repetitions develop, is there movement of line, color or mass?

>There is repetition in the way how the paint strokes in small arches and how those arches create  these funnel like shapes and swirls. The lines create movement for the piece making it seem animate. The colors increase this illusion by creating a sense of depth within the subject of the piece with its change in value and lighting. This also helps in mass of how the paint builds up giving more attention to the subject of the painting to bring it out more from the background.

3. Is the composition best described as balanced, symmetrical, asymmetrical, crystallographic, radial, random, grid modular? Give examples from the painting that inform your decision. 

>For the composition of this piece it possess a strong asymmetrical subject, a crystallographic style, and a radial style of how the paint was brushed on the canvas.

>Asymmetrical: The figure is sensed to be unbalanced from the way he or she is angled. From the painting, it looks as if the figure is going through head first while riding the bike.

>Crystallographic: From the way some of the shapes form and have some sharp edges on the subject this painting can have some form of crystallographic but only slightly because most of the shapes represented seem to bend or curve.

4. What is the treatment of space? Describe.

>The space in the painting is acting as if it were wind because of how aggressive and unorganized the strokes are. But in this case it actually helps because this further increases the illusion  of going through speed and sound. From this the view can guess that the background seems to be moving at such a high speed that it seems the detail in the background is nonexistence for our eyes to catch.

5. How is light represented, its role, color, e.g. contrasty, shadowy, illogical, warm, cool, symbolic…?

>The light in this piece are represented in a warm, cool, and shadowy sense. The warm colors represent a sense of life that shines off of the cyclist, accompanied with some reds, dark reds, blues, and purples to get the cyclist some depth.

The cool colors give the sense of the cold brisk air moving through like wind on a chilly night with a warm breeze that follows with the reds and yellows. The shadowy colors like the dark blues, reds, orange, and greens really pop the cyclist away from the background making it seem like the cyclist is going out of the painting through a blast of wind.


About crisnegroni

I have lived in Brooklyn, New York my whole life and I currently live with my sister and my mom in a apartment building in Williamsburg. My mom is from Puerto Rico and my father is from Italy. My mom works as an assistant principal at B-SMART in Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York as my father worked as an MTA transit for New York. During my years in highschool , my mother was well aware of my love of drawing. She encouraged me to enroll in a special art program in Manhattan, NY. I was accepted into the Sony Animation Project. It was there I learned about “stop-motion” animation. With a partner, we created two “short” animation videos. At the end of the six month program our work was screened at the Sony Wonder Theatre, where we received a certificate of character creation and cinematography. I attended the program a second time, created more work and received another certificate. After the films were spotlighted on YouTube and the certificates were hung on my wall, it was time to move on. In my Junior year of high school, I came across an application for a fifteen month fellowship with the “Ghetto Film School” also known as GFS. At first glance the application was intimidating and the curriculum seemed exhausting. Did I really want to go to school all summer, nine to five and even some weekends? It seemed like a lot of work. Each film student would receive a professional camera and would learn about directing, editing, writing scripts, lighting, sound, camera operating, and locations. Though there were over one hundred applicants, I got the call: I got in. I received two call back interviews and an orientation; later I was well on my way. After two weeks of class work, traveling all over New York City, visiting college classrooms in Columbia University, and taking trips to HBO and Google offices, each student was assigned final projects. We had to write a script, get it approved, hire real actors, secure a location, and direct the entire six minute short film. Only ten students would be chosen to have their movie screened at Lincoln Center. Guess who won a spot? I had to pinch my mother twice when she heard the news. Fall came, and I was still attending GFS on the weekends. I decided to accept an internship at ISCP- “Into the Studios” funded by the Joan Mitchell Foundation. Here I got to unleash a different kind of art, at a slower pace. I worked in the gallery with other students on painting, sculptures, different types of mediums, and learned the history of other artists. You would think attending programs and keeping my grades up would be impossible, but after the intensity of my summer, it felt like a piece of cake. My heart was in everything, nothing felt like work. In GFS I collaborated on an aired ESPN commercial as the cinematographer and actor. We screened and critiqued in many short films for the class and spoke with directors and guests lectures. By this time, our enormous class had shrunk down to under twenty students, and only five would be chosen to go work on a thesis project in Shanghai, China. After a successful pitch for a lighting director part, I won a coveted spot in the group as one of the five chosen! I was off to film in Shanghai this summer, what an honor! During the end of that week, all of the ISCP students had a gallery exhibit and I was told to bring my parents. As my teachers started talking about me, my mother and I found out that I had won a summer scholarship sponsored by the Joan Mitchell Foundation to go study in Napa Valley, California to the Oxbow Art Camp. I thought my mother was going to faint. As a boy born and raised in Brooklyn, New York this was a life changing experience, an artist dream. As I watched Mr. Jose Ortiz and my wonderful art teachers from the foundation explained to my mother that it was all expense paid and would not interfere with my China trip. All in the same summer, I felt like someone was going to wake me up out of my dream. As the summer came to an end, and I embark in my senior year, I leave many things behind as I look towards my future. I leave my fears, limitations, and my insecurities to dream….I’m in a new frame of mind. Going to Alfred State College is just another milestone I’m gonna have to over accomplish.
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