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Study for Sea = Dancer by Gino Severini
Study for Sea = Dancer by Gino Severini

Study for Sea = Dancer, 1913

Gino Severini

A figure, abstracted into geometric planes and rendered in a deep sea-blue, seems to undulate like water. Arms akimbo, she swirls through space and dimensions, inhabiting many stages of motion simultaneously. The effect is disorienting — and that’s by design. The artist glorified modernity like the Italian Futurists, who were fascinated by the interactions of movement and matter and the dynamic speeds of the modern world. Here, he uses the form of the dancer to express Futurist theories of kinetic energy in art.

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Credit
Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven. Katharine Ordway Fund
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