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Year 7 Art - Modernism: Futurism

Guide to provide resources supporting year 7 unit on Modernism and Modernist Artists

What is Futurism?

Artists and Artworks

Significant artists and artworks of the Futurist movement.

Famous Futurist Artists and Artworks [Futurism - Looking Back at the Futurist Art Movement - Art in Context]

Futurism - Blood, speed and violence [Obelisk]

   This page contains articles on various Futurist artists. Clicking the 'Artwork' tab provides access to significant Futurist artworks and quotes about the movement. Don't miss viewing the second page with an additional 23 artworks.

31 Futurism Artists You Should Know About [Artlex]

51 Amazing Futurism Artworks You Should See [Artlex]

Futurism - Smart History [video, 11 minutes]

   This video provides a description, historical perspective, and analysis of three significant Futurist artworks: Giacomo Balla's Dynamism of a Dog on a Leash; Gino Severini's Dynamic Hieroglyph of the Bal Tabarin (skip to 6:12); and Umberto Boccioni's Unique Forms of Continuity in Space (skip to 8:11).


The Esoterick Collection of Modern Italian Art

   Britain's only museum devoted to modern Italian art holds some of the most important works created by Italian artists during the first half of the twentieth century. The museum has a strong core of Futurist artworks. Use this site to investigate the lives and works of a variety of Futurist artists.

Umberto Boccioni

Biographies of Umberto Boccioni:

   Umberto Boccioni - Britannica 

   Umberto Boccioni - Google Arts and Culture

   Umberto Boccioni (Italian, 1882-1916) - artnet

   Umberto Boccioni (1882-1916) - Metropolitan Museum of Art

   Umberto Boccioni: Italian Painter, Sculptor, and Theoretician (Overview and Artworks) - The Art Story

An overview of the artist and his accomplishments. This page also includes links to a full biography, his artistic influences, progression, and legacy, important artworks, and additional resources.


As one of the most influential and prominent artists of Italian Futurism, Umberto Boccioni produced not just paintings but significant Futurist sculpture as well. The following resources discuss three of Boccioni's artworks and take a closer look at perhaps his best known sculpture, Unique Forms of Continuity in Space.

Umberto Boccioni and the Futurist City (The City Rises)

Umberto Boccioni, "Dynamism of a Soccer Player" [video, 1 minute 39 seconds]

       Testa + Luce + Ambiente

"Once again we hurl our defiance at the stars". Boccioni's Futurist Vision 

 First Look: Boccioni's Daring and Dynamic Vision [video, 1 minute 28 seconds]

       Unique Forms of Continuity in Space

The Dynamism of Italian Futurism, Boccioni - UNIQLO ARTSPEAKS (Unique Forms of Continuity in Space MoMA) [video, 2 minutes 27 seconds] 

Unique Forms of Continuity in Space (1913) by Umberto Boccioni (Famous Sculptures - A Look at History's Most Famous Sculptures - artincontext)

Umberto Boccioni, Unique Forms of Continuity in Space - Khan Academy   

5 minutes with . . . Umberto Boccioni’s Unique Forms of Continuity in Space [includes video (1 min 46 sec)]

Boccioni 100: A Future Cast in Bronze

Barry X Ball Makes a 3D-Printed, Digitally Altered, Gold-Plated Sculpture

See Boccioni's works at the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, via Obelisk, and at the National Gallery of Art. Click on an artwork to discover more about it. 

Giacomo Balla

Biographies of Giacomo Balla:

   Giacomo Balla - Britannica

   Giacomo Balla - Google Arts and Culture

   Giacomo Balla (Italian, 1871 - 1958) - artnet


A founding member of the Futurist art movement Giacomo Balla focused on representing light, movement, and speed through his artworks. The following resources take a closer look at his works and influence.

Giacomo Balla, Street Light - Khan Academy

Giacomo Balla (1871 - 1958) (Dynamism of a Dog on a Leash) (Modern Art - An Exploration of the 20th Century Modernist Movement - artincontext)

How Italian Futurism Influenced Fashion

Casa Balla: From the house to the universe and back

   For thirty years Giacomo Balla worked to turn his family home into a work of art. In 2021 it was opened to the public in conjunction with a thematic exhibition of work hosted by MAXXI (National Museum of 21st Century Arts) in Rome. Included in the exhibition resources are an overview, short subtitled video, and bilingual mini-guide.

  - Exhibition Overview

  - Casa Balla. Dalla casa all'universo e ritorno [video, 4 minutes, English subtitles]

  - Exhibition Mini-Guide

    In Pictures: See Inside the Italian Futurist Painter Giacomo Balla’s Apartment, and Works From His Long-Awaited Retrospective in Rome   

See Balla's works via Obelisk, Sotheby's, and the National Gallery of Art. Click on an artwork to discover more about it.

Gino Severini

Biographies of Gino Severini:

   Gino Severini - Britannica

   Gino Severini - Google Arts and Culture

   Gino Severini - Guggenheim

   Gino Severini - Sotheby's

   Gino Severini (Italian, 1883 - 1966) - artnet

   Gino Severini: Italian Painter, Mosaicist, Writer, and Set Designer (Overview and Artworks) - The Art Story

An overview of the artist and his accomplishments. This page also includes links to: a full biography; his artistic legacy, progression, and influences; important artworks; and additional resources.


One of the most progressive twentieth-century Italian artists, Gino Severini's Futurist artworks focused on contemporary urban life, often using dancers rather than machinery as subject matter. The following resources take a closer look at some of his works.

Futurist Free Word Painting (Serpentine Dancer and Sea = Dancer)

Gino Severini, Dynamic Hieroglyph of the Bal Tabarin

Key Artwork of the Esoterick Collection: Gino Severini 'The Boulevard', (1910-11) [video, 2 minutes]

See Severini's works at the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and via Obelisk. Click on an artwork to discover more about it.

Books in the Stephens Library

Check the non-fiction section at 759 for resources about painters and their artworks.

Books in the Nettlefold Library

Further Reading

Check out the following resources for some additional reading. 

Boccioni: A Retrospective by Ester Coen

   This book traces the life and career of the Italian artist Umberto Boccioni, discusses his connection to the Futurist movement, and looks at his paintings, drawings, and sculpture. With permission from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the full text is available online.


The Graphic Work of Umberto Boccioni by Joseph C. Taylor

   This catalogue includes a large portion of Boccioni's existing graphic works, enabling an understanding of his artistic development and the chronology of his stylistically varied body of work. The full text is available online via the Museum of Modern Art.


Gino Severini's Dancers and His Theatrical Milieu by Maria Haidinger

  This article from the Providence College Art Journal investigates Gino Severini's use of dancer and dancehall subject matter in his artworks, and it relates to his artistic style, as well as the influence of other artists of the time. Images of the paintings discussed - Dance of the Pan Pan at the Monaco (1911); Blue Dancer (1912); and Dancer at Pigalle (1912) - are included in the endnotes. 

Futurism at MOMA

See the Futurism exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). This exhibition page provides access to exhibition resources, installation images, and links to resources about the artists involved.

Read the following press releases to find out more about the exhibition:

  Advance notice

  Press review

The page also provides access to a PDF of Joshua C. Taylor's book, Futurism.

Check the following pages for information about:

  Giacomo Balla - page 63 of PDF (book page 59)

  Gino Severini - page 70 of PDF (book page 66)

  Umberto Boccioni - page 88 of PDF (book page 84)