F. T. MARINETTI
with annotations in ink and pencil on the reverse, 1930 (Photography: A Facet of Modernism, fig. 59, there credited to Tato)
11⅞ by 15⅝ in. (30.2 by 39.7 cm.)
This rare early print, on nearly matte-surface paper with a pleasingly warm tonality, is in generally good condition. It exhibits light soiling, scuff marks, and edge and corner wear. There are several tack holes along the periphery. There is a loss at the upper right, upper left, and lower right corners, as well as a loss at the lower center edge that measures approximately 3/8-inch by 3/8-inch. At the center, there is a cream-colored 1/2-inch linear deposit, possibly paint, as well as white crayon at the lower right edge.
The reverse is heavily soiled, including a deposit of indeterminate nature near the lower center edge. The following are written in an unidentified hand: 'Marinetti' in pencil; '0,654%' and 'D847/5' in ink; and 'E' in black crayon.
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This rare print by Italian-Brazilian actor and photographer Elio Luxardo visualizes the dynamism and commanding presence of Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, the founder of Futurism. Luxardo’s kaleidoscopic, multiple-exposure depiction of the brash leader was made more than twenty years after Marinetti published the first Futurist Manifesto on the front page of Le Figaro on 20 February 1909, where he boldly declared, ‘There is no beauty that does not consist of struggle.’
Futurism championed technology, speed, violence, multi-media creations and mass communication. The logo for Futurismo, a mouthpiece published on the 10th anniversary of the rise of Fascism, is visible on the left and right sides of the composition. At the center of the image, DEPERO is clearly visible in bold letters – a reference to Fortunato Depero, a staunch supporter who joined the Futurist movement in 1915.