Art and the Automobile

A Maserati A6 G 1500 speeds along a deserted strata at dawn between outsize bottle-shaped billboards promoting Cora Amaro and Cora Extra-Old Red Vermouth in “Cronaca di un Amore,” Michelangelo Antonioni, 1950

A Maserati A6 G 1500 speeds through Northern Italy between outsize bottle-shaped billboards for Cora Amaro and Cora Extra Old Red Vermouth in Story of a Love Affair (Cronaca di un Amore).  Michelangelo Antonioni, 1950

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2 thoughts on “Art and the Automobile

  1. Sets a high standard for subsequent development of your theme with additional examples of the automobile in art. Looks beautiful. And tragically hip.

    Are you familiar with the French photographer Lartigue? He is known for an iconic photograph of an early race car, the whole vehicle leaning forward, transformed by speed.  The Italian Futurist Marinetti in a well-known quote prefers a “roaring motorcar” to the Winged Victory of Samothrace.

    I have always liked the photo of Dadaist Francis Picabia at the wheel of his new Mercer roadster. Never before in human history could a private individual command so much horse-power, formerly the domain of ships’ captains and train engineers. 

  2. Lartigue; absolument! That classic image is Automobile Delage, captured at the French Grand Prix. In regard to the Picabia photo, you refer of course to Man Ray’s Grande Vitesse from La Révolution Surréaliste, portraying Picabia speeding along in his Mercer. Picabia himself produced many interesting works in the early 20th Century depicting spark plugs, carburetters and other automotive parts out of context.

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