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Essay Futurism began in Italy in the early 20th century A group of Italian artists were interested in Mechanical Technological arenas and the speed at which developments were occurring Their goal was to embody the energy of the constantly evolving world They discovered better ways to capture movement in art by using overlapping and blurring of outlines Through this they better captured the energy and power o forms moving through space Primarily cubism and the flattening of pictorial space influenced futurism Other influences were impressionisms urban subject matter post-impressionism and the phenomenon of speed Futuristic artworks often depicted machines athletes or cities sometimes abstracted They conveyed the power and movement of the modern revolution Artists used overlapping forms flattening of pictorial space bright colours Seurats method of divisionism and urban subject matter The artworks often had a patriotic aggressive and fearless theme Futurists believed that beauty could only exist in a struggle The founding member of the futurists was Umberto Boccioni Other member artists include 1 Carlo Carra 2 Giacoma Balla 3 Gino Severini 4 Luigi Fussolo and the Dadaist Marcel Duchamp Umberto Boccioni was born in Italy in 1882 and 1916 He was the founding member and leader of the futurist movement He was influenced by the divisionist theories of Giacoma Balla and he had a great in the interaction of visual art and psychology He was technically inventive and focused on the effects of industrialisation He was very strict when it came to aesthetic considerations and this is what ultimately led him to become a great futurist painter and sculptor Examples of the beauty of his colours can be seen in his paintings the city rises 1910-11 and riot in the gallery 1909 He uses 20th century subject matter and greatly influenced by Seurats pointillism and cubist simultaneity Giacoma Balla He was older than the other four members of
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