Giacomo Balla’s ‘Street lamp’ (1909) represents the Futurist art movement. Futurism was a social and artistic movement that formed in Italy in the 20th century. Founded by Filippo Tommaso Marinetti through his Futurist manifesto, he described his dislike for anything old, especially in regard to politics and art. The Futurists were inspired by speed, technology, youth culture and violence, vehicles, industrialism and anything that represented mans triumph over nature.
Futurist painters initially adopted the style of Cubist artists, but gradually began to develop their own style which represented speed and energy.
By Josie Wells