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The small town of Cortona, Tuscany wasn’t big enough for Gino Severini.

In 1906, Severini was headed for the big city: Paris, France where he found the city bustling with modernity. Paris boasted what Cortona couldn’t: dancers, music halls, cabaret, streets oozing energy, and colors, many, many colors. Color harmonies, to Severini, also conveyed sound and smell, and he set out to explore the intensification of sensations when provoked by an object.

World War One broke out and many of the Futurists enlisted in the Italian army. But before the band could disband, a movement had to be born. While in Paris in 1911, Severini introduced the color blocks and short brushstrokes of Cubism to the Futurists. 

Severini was the strangest fella in a group that was already strange: the Italian Futurists. The dazzling movement of dancers interested Severini more than the industrial machines that gripped the other artists among the group. Disinterested in machinery and drawn to the fluid movements of dance, Severini could be found in the dance halls of Paris. Dance was captivating, enticing, exciting; within it, he saw the movements of the sea. “Sea = dancer,” he wrote. 


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Gino Severini (7 April 1883 – 26 February 1966) was an Italian painter and a leading member of the Futurist movement. For much of his life he divided his time between Paris and Rome. He was associated with neo-classicism and the "return to order" in the decade after the First World War. During his career he worked in a variety of media, including mosaic and fresco. He showed his work at major exhibitions, including the Rome Quadrennial, and won art prizes from major institutions.

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