Italian Modern Art

Speaking about Italian modern art, we firstly mean Futurism and Cubism movements. The term “Italian Modern Art” includes paintings, sculpture, industrial and graphic design, interior or home design, ceramics, music and theater, clothes fashion, architecture, even gastronomy and culture of drinking wine, globally new way, modern way of thinking.

Futurism is movement, which admires youth and new ways of live, including cars and planes, speed and technologies. Representatives of futurism are for industrial cities and against old cultural and artistic traditions, politics and their laws, rules. The leading futurists were Giacomo Balla, Carlo Carra, Umberto Boccioni. “Universal Dynamism” this term used futurists for their way of writing masterpieces, paintings.  Breaking light and color down into a field of stippled dots and stripes – modern technology of Futurism, they called it “Divisionism”. With this technology was started new movement – Cubism.22

Avant-garde movement – Cubism starts in the early 20th. Cubists turned to works to translate into three dimensions: objects are fully analyzed, broken up and reassembled in an abstracted form. This technology we can see in all Cubists paintings. The top leading artists of this movement were: Georges Braque, Paul Cézanne, Pablo Picasso, Robert Delaunay, Jean Metzinger, Albert Gleizes, Henri Le Fauconnier, Fernand Leger.

Cubism in architecture it is link between old movements and new way of seeing buildings. In Cubism architecture we see the style different to old formal standards, it is characteristics: simple multiplicity, faceting of not ordinary form, spatial ambiguity, transparency. Cubism is an architectural style, which is needed not to refer to past. La Maison Cubiste is the most popular building of Cubism movement. “La Maison Cubiste was a fully furnished house, with a staircase, wrought iron banisters, a living room—the Salon Bourgeois, where paintings by Marcel Duchamp, Metzinger (Woman with a Fan), Gleizes, Laurencin and Léger were hung—and a bedroom. It was an example of L’art décoratif, a home within which Cubist art could be displayed in the comfort and style of modern, bourgeois life. Spectators at the Salon d’Automne passed through the full-scale 10-by-3-meter plaster model of the ground floor of the facade, designed by Duchamp-Villon” (taken from

Cubism is well-known modern movement, which includes many paintings and architectural works.  But the main idea of this movement to change old way of people’s thinking – to start new modern cultural life full of speed motions, youth ideas and 3 dimension way of thinking.

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