Week 2 Blogpost

This week’s blogpost is about a Russian futurism. This idea and style of both art and literary work had a very prominent Russian figure named Vladimir Vladimirovich Mayakovsky. The idealism behind this was to get rid of the normal traditional ways of Russian life, and to embrace industrialism and change within their society. Russian futurists liked the idea of of modern machines and urban life (wikipedia). Within their paintings such as one called Cyclist, there is a bike with a bike chain, indicating the Russian futurists fascination with machines and how they are going to be a huge part of the future. On wikipedia, it says that “The likes of Pushkin and Dostoevsky, according to them, should be “heaved overboard from the steamship of modernity”.

The “creator” that we are focusing on for the purpose of this class is Vladimir Vladimirovich Mayakovsky. According to wikipedia, he was a Russin Soviet poet, playwright, artist and stage and film actor. Most of the influence of his work was in support of the Communist Party (wikipedia). Being a futurist, he was a supporter of the Bolshevik Revolution and the idea it brought with the overthrow of the traditional government that was in place (wikipedia). There is a poem that Mayakovsky contributed to called A Slap in the Face of Public Taste  that has line which says “Wash your hands which have touched the filthy slime of the books written by the countless Leonid Andreyevs.”. According to wikipedia, Leonid Andreyevs was a writer and defended democratic ideals during his time at the end of 19th and beginning of the 20th century. Mayakovsky and his Futurism counterparts wanted to express in this specific line of the poem that people should abandon their old traditional ways to make way for new and fresh ideas.

In addition to wikipedia, I also took the line for the poem from the following website:


One comment

  1. Garrett S · September 10, 2015

    I like that you brought in the Cyclist painting as an example of how Mayakovsky’s ideas and the ideas of the entire futurist movement were sort of represented visually though the analogous art movement of the period. I also found it interesting you emphasized how the futurists wanted to do away with the old and how that corresponded politically with the Bolsheviks and the revolution. Futurists in way culturally precipitated the mass political changes that occurred later in the 1910’s and the continued overhaul of Russian culture and society thereafter. Even though they were eventually kind of done away with, Mayakovsky and his contemporaries were huge in the early development of soviet cultural ideals.


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