Cubist-Futurist painter Gino Severini was born in 1883. In 1899, already an artist, he went to Rome to study at the Villa Medici. There he was introduced to the divisionistic color technique that was being used by Neo-Impressionists artists. In 1906, Severini went to Paris and was able to study the Impressionists. He was particularly intrigued by Seurat’s painting style. He was also influenced by the works of Braque, Modigliani, Picasso and Gris. Soon, at the encouragement of some of his artist friends, he joined the Futurist-movement and signed the ‘Manifesto of Futurist Painting’. He is considered to be one of the co-founders of this style.
Gino Severini in known for works that depict the human body in motion. He painted cabaret scenes and dancers. By 1912, Severini was exhibiting works in Futurist exhibitions in Paris, London and Berlin. After 1915 however, his work became Cubist in style with geometric constructions making up his compositions. His subjects changed to favor still lifes with musical instruments and scenes from the Commedia dell’ Arte.
Severini was commissioned to paint several murals and mosaics. He was an accomplished artist that contributed to the history of art and it’s development. In 1950, Gino Severini was awarded the Grand Prize of the Biennale in Venice. Today his works are found in important private and public collections around the world.