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Abstract Speed - The Car has Passed (Velocità astratta - l'auto è passata)
© DACS 2021. Photo credit: Tate

An artistic movement of the early 20th century with political implications, Futurism embraced not only the visual arts but also architecture, music, cinema, and photography. Italian in origin, it expressed the disappointment felt there in advanced artistic and political circles at the apparent lack of progress the country had made since its unification in the mid-19th century. Accordingly, stress was laid on modernity, and the virtues of technology, machinery, and speed were promoted by the Futurists, whose founder was the wealthy poet Filippo Tommaso Marinetti.

Text source: The Oxford Concise Dictionary of Art Terms (2nd Edition) by Michael Clarke


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