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Author: Rachele Ferrario
«To tell Umberto Boccioni I often used his own words or those of those who knew him, in order to restore the deepest sense of man and artist.» Rachele Ferrario, art historian and critic, reconstructs in these precious pages the stormy, and in many ways little known, history of the great leading artist of futurism. From his childhood between Morciano di Romagna and Padua, to his Roman apprenticeship with Balla, his friendship with Sironi and Severini, his bond with Marinetti, his love with Margherita Sarfatti, his travels to the Russia of the Tsars and to Picasso's Paris, his arrest, his fights in the incandescent Milan of the beginning of the century. Boccioni is an outsider. Son of an usher and a seamstress, he has no academic training, but an innate talent for drawing. A man of the avant-garde, against the conventions and schemes of the past, convinced that art cannot be separated from politics, from life. Participant in the climate from which fascism will be born, he is a futurist, he has the myth of adventure, he cultivates an epic idea of modernity. He believes in war, and right in the rear of the First World War he will find death.