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Train in Motion

ca. 1920 Hugo Robus Born: Cleveland, Ohio 1885 Died: New York, New York 1964 oil on canvas mounted on fiberglass 26 1/4 x 32 1/8 in. (66.8 x 81.5 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Hugo Robus, Jr. 1978.153.2 Smithsonian American Art Museum
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“I [am] interested not in what the eye records but in what our sensitivities feel.” Robus, “Sculptor as Self Critic,” reprinted in Tarbell, Hugo Robus, 1885-1964, 1980

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Hugo Robus created Train in Motion toward the end of his painting career, shortly before he devoted all of his time to sculpture. He was fascinated by the futurist painters, who emphasized the speed and power of modern machinery, but claimed not to be “initiated into their plane of intelligence” when he tried to understand the movement’s principles (Tarbell, Hugo Robus, 1885-1964, 1980). The repeated shapes and blurred colors in this painting express a sense of movement, as if we are watching the landscape sweep past the window of a speeding train. The bright colors and fragmented shapes appear like a kaleidoscope, suggesting that this image is just one of an infinite number of possibilities.



Travel - land - train


paint - oil

fabric - canvas

glass - fiberglass

About Hugo Robus

Born: Cleveland, Ohio 1885 Died: New York, New York 1964

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