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Futurism, a term that has been used to talk about any art that dates later than 1900, has a more precise meaning. Futurism started in 1909 and is considered to be the only movement of modern times that was independent of Paris and happened prior to the New York School being developed.

Futurism as a movement died out with the onset of World War I. Marinetti, a poet, dramatist and writer was the person who was responsible for starting the movement. He wrote an article for the magazine "Le Figaro" that appeared in the February 20, 1909 edition. "The Manifesto of Futurist Painting" was written in 1910 and dealt with the theories behind Futurism. One basic principle was for the artist to represent something that was moving, for instance, an automobile. Boccioni, Carra, Russolo, Balla and Severini all signed the Manifesto.

There was a Futurist exhibition held in Paris in 1912 that caused a great deal of scandal. Later on, the exhibition was held in London and Berlin, and then all over Europe. The shows usually caused riots and much excitement. The artists who were the major movers in the Futurism movement went back to more traditional means of painting and art after the movement died.

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