The dispute over simultaneity
Boccioni – Delaunay, interpretational error or Bergsonian practice?
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The dispute opposing the Futurists and Robert Delaunay focused on notions that were discussed among the avant-garde and gave those artists the opportunity to define their own conception of simultaneity. This dispute demonstrated the overlapping of trends in contemporary art, and the artists' endeavours to distinguish themselves from one another when critics tended to confuse and assimilate the Delaunay's creative process with that of the Italian Futurists. The point of the dispute was first of all to prove the precedence of the Futurists' pictorial innovations over Delaunay's. Secondly, the debates it provoked revealed some interpretational errors in the way some driving principles were received at the time, including Michel-Eugene Chevreul's law of simultaneous contrasts and complementary colours, but above all Henri Bergson's theories about duration and intuition. Exchanging views with Umberto Boccioni led Delaunay to clarify his ideas about simultaneous contrasts as opposed to the Italian painter's understanding of simultaneity.

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