Mario Sironi The Syphon 1916

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Artwork details

Artist
Mario Sironi 1885–1961
Title
The Syphon
Date 1916
Medium Gouache and printed paper on paper
Dimensions Support: 457 x 419 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by Mr and Mrs Eric Estorick 1952
Reference
N06042
Not on display

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Sironi was associated with the first generation of Futurists who gathered in Milan before the First World War. They relished the complex experience of modern life, the speed of modern transport and the latest innovations of technology. This collage brings together typical objects that would have been found in a café at the time: a newspaper, glass and syphon. The fragmentary pieces of real newspaper carry reports from the front lines, introducing a dark counterpoint to the congenial atmosphere of the café.

August 2004

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