Futurism definition


An avant-garde art movement in Italy that was inspired by technology, modernity and speed.  The machine age and war was celebrated, and so was Fascism.  Unlike most other art movements, Futurism was different in that it was a self-invented period.  Artists of the movement sought to create an understanding of a person’s memories and what one actually sees.  The way in which futurist artists represented the world impacted several future art movements such as Russian Constructivism and Cubism, as well as famous artists such as Marcel Duchamp and Robert Delaunay.  Examples of futurist artists include: Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, Giacomo Balla, Umberto Boccioni, Carlo Carrà, and Gino Severini.


Examples of two paintings completed by Duchamp - an artist influenced by the Futurism movement in his artwork.