On the Move: Visualising Action

Billy Whizz, from The Beano Book, 1999

Above: one of the images promoting the exhibition.

More ‘Marey’ than ‘Muybridge’, but I thought it would make a change from the usual Muybridge photos used as headers.

Jonathan Miller’s exhibition On the Move is now open at the Estorick Gallery, 39a Canonbury Square, London N1 2AN –

until 18th April.


Although the problem of depicting movement in painting and sculpture had concerned artists for many centuries, the birth of the Futurist movement in 1909 signalled a renewed interest in the subject. Taking as its starting point the Estorick’s own collection of Futurist masterpieces, On the Move draws on a wide range of material in many different media to provide an in-depth examination of this complex and fascinating theme.

Many of Futurism’s pictorial innovations were in fact built on foundations laid during the nineteenth century, when the emerging medium of photography began to reveal previously unseen aspects of reality. The pioneering research of Eadweard Muybridge and Etienne-Jules Marey was of particular importance in this respect.

There’s a brief review and interview with Jonathan Miller here:


and don’t forget to visit The Compleat Muybridge from time to time, too.

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