What Is Futurism?

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Futurism was developed as an avant-garde art movement in the early 20th century in Italy, where artists sought to infuse modern art with the vitality, energy, violence and motion of the machine world. Find examples of futurist artwork with information from an art historian, critic and curator in this free video on art.

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Hi, Betty Brown here. Futurism is the topic. Futurism was an early twentieth century avant garde art movement developed by a poet in Italy and his friends who were also poets, writers, musicians, and artists. And, futurism sought to infuse modern art with the vitality, energy, violence and motion of the machine world. It sought to bring art and with it Italian art and with it Italy into the twentieth century violently rupturing Italy's long cherished hold with the past and vitalizing it with active, dynamic, moving, fractured images. One of the best futurist art works is an analysis of a human figure walking through space, and instead of a unified doll like human figure, what you see are the fractured moments, almost like time, stop time photography, as the figure moves through space. Futurism was very avant garde in terms of art, but the futurists themselves ended up being rather conservative in terms of politics and some of the futurists went on to serve and to fight and die for the Italian dictator Mussolini.

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