🖼 About this piece
Those Who Go captures the rush of urban life. Created in the Futurist style, it forces us to confront a new century filled with heavy industry and seemingly unstoppable energy.
Futurists were obsessed with leaving the past behind, so a railway station — packed with fast, powerful steam trains and people in transit — is the perfect metaphor.
Boccioni would go on to create a colour version in oil. But we love this earlier monochrome concept; those powerful sweeping lines conveying the confusion felt by everyone on the platform — passengers in every sense of the word — as they hurtle towards an unrecognisable future.