In the new mechanized era, gone was the slow pace of life that had governed the planet for centuries. Now the steam engine sped travelers out to the countryside as never before, allowing artists a new kind of portable painting in plein air, ("open air') later known as Impressionism.
Gaslight was being replaced by the electric light bulb which, consequently, arrived at another popular invention - the moving picture - soon reflected in the new Cubist style of abstract painting that caught a sense of 'movement in the moment' pioneered by such greats as Braque and Picasso.
Gas-powered automobiles and electric streetcars all contributed to the non-stop pace, later giving rise to Futurism perhaps best exemplified by Umberto Boccioni's swirling "Unique Forms of Continuity in Space" (1913).
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