Artists made some wacky predictions about 21st century life

France in 2000
(Image credit: Public domain via Wikimedia Commons)

The year 2000 seemed a long way away for artists in the early 1900s. In fact, it still seemed a long way away when Back to the Future II came out in 1989. Now over two decades into the 21st century, it's fascinating to see what artists 100 years ago thought our world would look like – and to consider how accurate they were.

The En L'An 2000 (In the year 2000) series of paintings created by French artists including Jean-Marc Côté is a striking example. Originally intended for inclusion in cigarette and cigar boxes, the illustrations were made between 1899 and 1910. Full of mechanised devices, flying contraptions and some – er – curious relationships with marine life, they offer an intriguing, and sometimes hilarious, glimpse at how artists imagined the future. But just how many of their predictions have come true? (If you're looking for more artistic inspiration, see our guide to the best online art galleries).

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Joe Foley

Joe is a regular freelance journalist and editor at Creative Bloq. He writes news, features and buying guides and keeps track of the best equipment and software for creatives, from video editing programs to monitors and accessories. A veteran news writer and photographer, he now works as a project manager at the London and Buenos Aires-based design, production and branding agency Hermana Creatives. There he manages a team of designers, photographers and video editors who specialise in producing visual content and design assets for the hospitality sector. He also dances Argentine tango.