The painting above done by the artist Umberto Boccioni that was part of the futurist movement during the 20th Century Early Modernism era. The work is comprised of the fundamentals of both the Modernist era and its movement. The title explains a component present, that the setting is within a modern city in Italy being constructed. This is seen with the vertical lines and buildings in the background. During this time many large cities were being modernized and new machines were being invented. The background shows the literal representation of the its time whilst the foreground illustrates a different approach. The focal point of the painting, through the use light and different brushstrokes makes the viewer look at the red horse in the center.(Ruszkiewicz, 11) The horse and elements around it is captured in a moment of movement,speed and chaos. Understanding the context of the modernist era will allow the viewer to understand the reason behind the technique of the vivid brushstrokes. The modern age brought vast change to society, as mentioned by Mirzoeff it altered many people’s lives as a result.
In relation to my chosen question, during this time technology shaped our lives (Mirzoeff 131). The futurists works were largely inspired by these vast affects of technology. This is one of many works within this movement that illustrates this point. In reference to the idea of a filter, in this work the city is captured in bright colours and excitement of the everyday class whilst in reality this is not the case. The working class suffered hours of strenuous labour and hardship. On the other hand this work acts as a de-filter, as the working class were not normally portrayed in paintings before this time. As a different type of technique of painting is used the artist strays away from the traditional methods, thus display a more authentic feel of the world.
Ruszkiewicz, John J., Daniel Anderson, and Christy Friend. “Reading Texts.” Beyond Words: Cultural Texts for Reading and Writing. 3rd ed. Boston: Pearson, c2012. 9-39. Print.
Mirzoeff, Nicholas “The World on Screen” How to see the World. Chapter 4. 129-161. Print.