Futurism

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Futurism (1909 - 1914) was a totally Italian modern art movement, which as its name implies, focused on futuristic subjects. It portrayed modern subjects in a modern way and was fascinated with the beauty of speed. Their more typical subjects were urban scenes and vehicles in motion. Its most notable artist was Umberto Boccioni. Filippo Marinetti was also a famous Italian futurist. He was an enthusiastic fascist.

The Futurism art movement celebrated technology, modernity, speed, violence and youth; it glorified war and was in favour of the growth of Fascism. The Futurism movement really began with the publication of the poet Filippo Marinetti’s Futurism Manifesto, in Le Figaro in February 1909. The manifesto was passionate and bombastic in tone, expressing disdain for anything old, particularly in the fields of art and politics. [1]

Futurism and Vorticism, its English equivalent, were both fascistic in philosophy. This was due to the worship of the new and the cult of machines and speed over the old.


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