Movement on Canvas

A century after its creation, trouble identifying with abstract art is still a common plight. As a venture into the conceptual can be most enlightening, I recently visited MoMA, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, to expand my horizons. During previous visits to view modern art, I had focused on the most famous works and regrettably glossed over those I did not recognize or respond to immediately. Aiming to search deeper this time, I happened upon three stirring paintings. Unbeknownst to me, they were by a group of Italians known as Futurists, who sought to represent dynamism of movement, speed, and the pace of the modern world. One of them, Gino Severini, was particularly inspired by dancers. Being a dancer myself, I had happily stumbled upon the essence of something very familiar in the unfamiliar. More to follow…

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