Gino Severini and the symbolist aesthetics of his futurist dance imagery, 1910-1915
Pritchard, Shannon N.
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This thesis examines Gino Severini’s dance imagery produced between 1910 and 1915 and its relationship to late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Symbolism. It is proposed in this paper that the influence of Symbolism, including the phenomenon of synesthesia, was a consistent presence throughout Severini’s artistic production during this period. Surrounded by artists and writers within the neo-Symbolist milieu of Paris, Severini was introduced to Symbolist literature and contemporary philosophy, both of which influenced his approach to Futurism. The resultant amalgamation of Symbolist and Futurist aesthetic theories is analyzed in the context in which these dance images were produced. Taking into consideration Severini’s personal and artistic relationships, along with his theoretical writings, a more complete understanding of his Futurist works from this period is possible.