The correlation between historical events and artistic movements has always fascinated me. I’m no authority mind you but through teaching art history in a shared world history course I came to really enjoy the associations between the two. The Futurist movement was greatly influenced by the development of mechanization. It started in Milan, Italy in the early years of the 20th century. You can see in these works by Boccioni and Balla that sense of movement…of being on a racing train or car…having the world whirling by.