ART 234 Lecture Notes - Lecture 7: Giacomo Balla, Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, Edgar Degas

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Futurist Art in Italy #7 part 2
Futurism
-Futurists were a small revolutionary group
-lasts 1909 all the way through WWI
Italy was stuck in Degas era
Italy was in a chaotic period during this time
little industrialization — 30% unemployment
people urging Italy to quickly become more progressive
amidst all this Futurist called for a violent break from the past and a violent surge
into the future
-a call to violence and warfare
-Italy was very backward country in terms of industrialization, it had food shortages
and in light of this he artists work with this reading from the past and encourage
rushing to the future in a violent way
-idea of modernism, a violent break from the past, renewed interests in the futurist now
Filippo Thomaso Marinetti 1876-1944
-leader of futurists
-wrote the first manifesto of futurism in 1910
-he was also a poet and introduced a new poetry using the sounds of war machinery
and a made up language
Giacomo Balla 1871-1958
Stairway of Farewells, 1908
-traditional composition (compared to Dega)
-circular staircase emits energy of change !
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