Futurism was an art movement stemming from Italy in 1909 and survived only into the 1940s. Inspired by cubism, it served as a contrast to Romanticism because it explored and embraced technology and futuristic ideas. The movement also influenced other art movements such as Art Deco. Futurism welcomed art of all different types of mediums—painting, sculpture, design, theater, fashion, film, literature, architecture, and many more. Futurists tended to focus on forgetting the past and creating change. Many works dealt with or included elements or depictions of speed, noise, change, cars, airplanes, machines, and the city itself. It was very colorful and geometric. In a time of industrialization and the introduction of machinery, futurists became so enamored with the new way of producing things that they created a movement of art based on change and the unknown. Important artists of the movement include Italian writer Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, composer Luigi Rossolo, and painters Gino Severini, Giacomo Balla, and Umberto Boccioni. Marinetti rejected the past and led others to follow his ideas to express change through art. Although I do enjoy classical Greek and Roman art, I think futurism was a necessary change from the old ways. It led to new ways of thinking and inventing. It led to several other art movements as well, so I think it is interesting and beneficial to society. I also think the artwork from this movement looks really cool and scientific.