Umberto Boccioni
Umberto Boccioni

L’Atleta

Details
Umberto Boccioni
L’Atleta
drypoint, 1907, on stiff cream wove paper, signed in pencil, a fine impression of this very rare, pure drypoint, printing with considerable burr and a rich, varied plate tone, Bellini's first state (of three), variant B, with wide margins, probably the full sheet, a short tear at the lower sheet edge at centre, a pale moisture stain in the lower left corner, otherwise in very good condition
Plate 150 x 233 mm., Sheet 410 x 500 mm.
Literature
Bellini (1972) 10; Bellini (2004) 11 I B
Sale room notice
Please note that the image and catalogue note in the printed catalogue have been swapped with lot 54.

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Lot Essay

In his diary Boccioni describes observing a young man exercising on the beach of the Lido in Venice, and one can assume that the present drypoint was not produced on the basis of a preparatory drawing but scratched onto the plate ‘en pleine aire’, there and then.
It is the spontaneity and the quick pace of his lines, which convey a sense of tension and speed so characteristic for Boccioni’s later works.

Only a very small number of impressions were printed by the artist. Of the present version B, Bellini records only one impression, in a private collection in Geneva. The present impression was not known to him.

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