Gino Severini  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Gino Severini (April 7 1883February 26 1966), was an Italian painter and a leading member of the Futurist movement.

At an early stage in his artwork, he was exposed to Impressionist ideas. His work was influenced by Cubism and in 1921 he published a book, Du Cubisme au Classicisme.

He was a close friend of Umberto Boccioni and it was Boccioni that introduced him to Giacomo Balla whom started teaching Severini 'Italian Divisionism'. It was these teachings of 'Divisionism' which had the largest effect on Severini's early work.

In the 1920s his style became more traditional and he did several decorative commissions, including murals for churches in Switzerland. His style became semi-abstract in the 1940s.

Gino Severini died on February 26, 1966, in his Parisian home at no. 11, rue Schoelcher. On April 15 of the same year his body was brought back to his native town of Cortona, Tuscany.

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