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"Lightning" by Luigi Russolo

From the Radical Light Exhibition at the National Gallery, London


Radical Light Italy Divisionist Exhibition at the National Gallery London

Luigi Russolo (1885-1947). Lightning, 1909-10. © Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna, Rome. Photo Alessandro Vasari.

This painting is an astounding composition of purples and blues. It doesn't surprise me that details of it were used on the marketing materials for the Radical Light exhibition as it's very compelling.

Russolo studied at the Accademia di Brera in Milan, joined the Futurist movement in 1910, and had a particular interest in portraying movement, speed, and light. He abandoned painting for music in 1913, but took it up again in the last years of his life.

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