Paris Subway, Ferris Wheel and Eiffel Tower

Paris Subway, Ferris Wheel and Eiffel Tower

c. 1912-13

Gino Severini

(Italian, 1883-1966)

Pastel and charcoal

Sheet: 59.6 x 48.2 cm (23 7/16 x 19 in.); Framed: 92 x 71.8 x 3 cm (36 1/4 x 28 1/4 x 1 3/16 in.)

Gift of Mrs. Malcolm L. McBride 1942.249

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The blue and white text in Gino Severini's drawing refers to the signs for the Sèvres and Cambronne stations, which he passed while taking the Paris Métro to the Eiffel Tower.

Description

Gino Severini joined the Futurist movement, which emphasized the dynamism, movement, and energy of the modern city, in 1910. He began to depict modern modes of transportation and developed an interest in machines and speed. This pastel was created after Severini visited Paris, in 1911, where he admired technological advances such as the Eiffel Tower and the Métro, the city's relatively new public transportation system. Here, he suggests velocity through shifting planes and viewpoints and abruptly juxtaposing word and image.

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Collection: 
DR - Italian
Department: 
Drawings
Type of artwork: 
Drawing

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