Futurism at War

Recently I was thinking about this blog and its content. I haven’t touched it for a while–a little distance from something always favors some lateral thinking.

I came to the conclusion that this blog has to be about what I like and what passionates me about writing and sharing. There would be a lot of other reasons for blogging, here’s a few. If you read this linked post, it ultimately comes down to the fact that blogging is a lot of work, especially if you want it to be financially successful. Beside writing, you need to be active on all social media, connect and expand your network. This all can be quite tedious and dreadfully “routinish”, which ultimately compromises the fun one has with the blog.
I believe many bloggers come to this struggle at some stage, especially the successful ones. I decided to write when & about what I feel like. Shall pocket money come from it, then all the better.

So well, last year a visited quite a few impressive museums. The older I grow, the more I appreciate them, the more I am touched by incredible art and its stories, the more I regret having had shit art teachers throughout my education. I felt like posting about some of the highlights I found, so here we go.

This next one is “Armored Train in Action”, by the Italian futurist Gino Severini, painted in 1915.

severini armored train in action

In August 1914, as World War I broke out, the Futurists planned public demonstrations in support of Italian participation. Severini was based in Paris (France and Italy were allied at the beginning of the war [1]), and included symbols that evoke the trappings of modern warfare, such as cannons, flags and smokestacks. The Futurists were eager to break attachments to the past, and war, they felt, was an opportunity for an historical “tabula rasa”, a chance to create a new world order.

We all know how wrong they were. War doesn’t work like this–let alone modern warfare. What we can admire here is not its dreadful message but how it was conveyed, and what a powerful insight this is about their ideas. The next painting is “Virtual Synthesis of the Idea – War”, painted in 1914 by the same artist. Both paintings are exposed at the MoMA in New York.

severini virtual synthesis of the idea war

[1] Note: my mum specifies that Italy and France were allied also at the END of the First World War. Thanks Mom!

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