“The Boulevard” by Gino Severini (c. 1911). A part of the glorious Futurism movement.
1912 painting by fantastic Futurist painter Luigi Rossolo entitled “Dinamismo di un’Automobile”. Futurist paintings are often just stunning, and this one is no exception!
Russolo was also famous for introducing sound experimentation into the Futurist art movement—-actually performing concerts in 1914 using boxes and sound sources—leading to arguably the first experimental ‘noise’ concert. Apparently their Milan show ended in fighting and a bit of a riot. World’s first punk show? Sounds like it.
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I’ve long been an admirer of Futurist art —it was truly punk ahead of its time. It offended many, was overstated, full of creativity, offensive, but in many ways gorgeous in its honesty, boldness, and artistic integrity.
Balla had originally written the founding manifestos of the Futurist Movement, in which #4 out of 10 was:
“We declare that the splendor of the world has been enriched by a new beauty: the beauty of speed. A racing automobile with its bonnet adorned with great tubes like serpents with explosive breath … a roaring motor car which seems to run on machine-gun fire, is more beautiful than the Victory of Samothrace”
an inspiring piece of writing for the 1920s i gotta say….accompanied by this tangential, interesting, and cryptically simple piece of art entitled “The Speed Of The Automobile” (translated into english…)
For more information about Futurism, and the rest of the 10 initial manifestos, visit: