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From Madrid, the Spanish avant-garde poet Ramón Gómez de la Serna wrote a concise profile of Filippo Tomasso Marinetti that was taken up by the Mexican cultural press. De la Serna refers to a certain appeasement of spirit in his friend the Futurist. The significance of the publication can be found in an illustration; a typographic display by the Italian artist entitled “Después del Marne, Joffre visita el frente en auto” [After the Battle of the Marne, Joffre visits the Front in an Automobile]. This requires a dynamic reading of the work, based on an isolated corporal outline and on several topographical, typographical and phonetic references.
The illustration makes reference to an event of the First World War: the detention of the German army at the Marne by the French marshal Joseph Joffré. It could thus be said that Filippo Tomasso Marinetti (1876-1944) presents an exalted scene of bellicose patriotism, reinforced with phrases such as “Vive la France, Mort aux boches” [Long live France, and death to the Germans!].At the time of publication this article coincided with the commotion created by the Mexican estridentistas, who used strategies similar to those of the Futurist typographic revolution.