Cubism and early abstraction

Futurism

This group of young and rebellious Italian writers and artists was determined to celebrate industrialization.

1909 - 1914

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Can you imagine being so enthusiastic about technology that you name your daughter Propeller? One of the Futurists did.

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Giacomo Balla, <em> Street Light</em>
Giacomo Balla, Street Light

Rejecting traditional subject matter, Balla paints an object that is forthrightly modern and technological.

Raymond Duchamp-Villon, <em>Horse</em>
Raymond Duchamp-Villon, Horse

The artist completed this sculpture during World War I, shortly before he died.

Umberto Boccioni, <em>Unique Forms of Continuity in Space</em>
Umberto Boccioni, Unique Forms of Continuity in Space

Ready to break with Classical and Renaissance styles, Boccioni sculpted a future-man: muscular, dynamic, driven.

Carlo Carrà, <em>Funeral of the Anarchist Galli</em>
Carlo Carrà, Funeral of the Anarchist Galli

A visit to Paris, after preparing a study for this painting, changed Carrà’s whole approach for the final canvas.

Italian Futurism: An Introduction
Italian Futurism: An Introduction

This group of writers and artists celebrated industrialization, which they hoped would energize their native Italy.

Selected Contributors | Futurism