Posts Tagged ‘world war one’

Artist of the moment……..Umberto Boccioni



Umberto Boccioni was an Italian artist associated with the Futurist movement. Umberto Boccioni was born in Reggio Calabria, Italy in the year 1882.

His father was a low level government official.

The artist attended the Academy of Fine Arts located in Rome. Giocoma Balla was a major influence.

Boccioni was a painter and sculptor who was very prolific in his output.

In this clip one of the artist’s most famous sculptures:

Below a selection of paintings by the artist:

In the year 1916 he was drafted to fight in World War One. During a training exercise he was thrown from his horse and trampled. He died the next day from the injuries he sustained. Umberto Boccioni passed away in 1916 when he was only 33 years of age.

Price range information: Works range from $10,000 to $900,000. The artist worked in charcoal, watercolors, and oils. He was also a printmaker.

The artist was truly a young master and its too bad he passed away at such a young age. Though he had a short career, he was an outstanding painter in a representational style, as well as his chosen style of Futurism.


Artist of the moment………Photographer Frank Hurley


Frank Hurley was a master of photography born in Sydney, Australia in the year 1885. Hurley loved adventure and traveled all over the globe including to Antarctica. Hurley was both a photographer and film producer.

Hurley also served as an official photographer for Australia in World War One and World War Two.

The artist bought his first camera at 17 years of age and quickly inserted his sense of adventure in taking photographs. Some very unique ideas he had at the time was to stand in front an on coming train to photograph it. He enjoyed taking these pictures that also used his sense of adventure.

He first sold his images as postcards.

Hurley is also famous for his images taken during explorer Ernest Shackleton’s journey to the Antarctic. Some of these images are even in color.

price range information: Works range from $2,000 to $100,000.

In this clip a great montage of images and short documentary on his life:

Frank Hurley passed away in 1962.

What a fascinating life! You may of seen Frank Hurley’s work before as he was featured in the Imax movie made about Shackleton’s journey to the Antarctic. Hurley reminds of the adventurous out door man Bear Grylls.





Artist of the moment……..Otto Nebel

Otto Nebel was a wonderful abstract artist born in Berlin, Germany in the year 1892. Nebel was a genius at using text in his work. Nebel was not only a painter, but also a prolific printmaker who specialized in making linocuts and also made a large body of work in collage. Nebel also studied the art of painting on the reverse side of glass, an extremely popular regional form of art.

Nebel started off as an engineer and was a participant in the first World War. After being held captive for more than one year, Nebel wanted no more to do with war or its ideology. He wanted to become an artist.

If you enjoy the work of this artist be sure and check out artists Otto Dix and Georg Grosz.

The artist also tried without success, to run his own wall paper producing company. In the end Nebel designed many different types of wall paper.

Otto Nebel passed away in 1973.

Price range information: Sorry none available.