ZOUCH’s newest feature is called Art Shots— simple, captivating showcases of visual art by some of the most fascinating artists of the internet age. But what of the artists of the steam age?
Romanticism, Impressionism, Expressionism, Surrealism… are we supposed to just pretend that these never even existed!? NO WAY! We’ve opted to expand our art posts to encompass both Art Shots (recent works) and Art Retros (short for Retrospectives).
For today’s Retro, let’s look at some rare comic book-like images created in 1910 by obscure French artist Villemard. This was right on the heels of the 1890s, a time of major scientific innovation in France (such as the discovery of radioactivity by Henri Becquerel, Pierre & Marie Curie). The Machine Age was well underway, and there was a sense that the future was going to be something amazing.
The collection of illustrations featured below were dubbed by the artist: Utopie – En L’an 2000 (Utopia – in the year 2000). A hundred years later, they prove to be quite an innovative and sarcastic portrayal of what life might have been like in the year 2000: