Linee andamentali – motivo per tappeto, 1928

by Giacomo Balla

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DIMENSIONS: (unframed) 19.3 x 13.2 in./ 49.0 x 33.5 cm
SIGNATURE: Signed lower right
MEDIUM: Tempera on paper laid on board

Catalogue No: 5395 Categories: ,

This work is recorded in the Archivio Gigli, dated 26 May 2007 (no. 301) and is also accompanied by a certificate of authenticity issued by Enrico Crispolti, dated 2 June 1996.

Provenance

Casa Balla, Rome;
Galleria Poleschi Arte, Lucca;
A. Zodo, Milan;
Private collection, Milan;
Galleria Arte Centro, Milan

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Biography

Giacomo Balla was an Italian Futurist artist known for his geometric paintings that depicted light and movement. His work, influenced by contemporaries Umberto Boccioni and Gino Severini, was inspired by technology and industrialization. His most famous work, Dinamisimo di Cane al Guinzagio shows a dog moving so fast that the viewer cannot see its legs, inspired by Eadweard Muybridge’s photographic experiments with horse. Born on July 18, 1871 in Turin, Italy, he became interested in the arts after working in a lithograph print shop at the age of nine. He later moved to Rome to work as a commercial illustrator, and became interested in painting and became increasingly involved in the Futurist movement. In 1910, Balla contributed to the Manifesto of Futurist Painters and the Technical Manifesto of Futurists. In 1955, he presented his paintings and sculpture at documenta 1 in Kassel and after his death his work was displayed at documenta 8. Balla died on March 1, 1958 in Rome, Italy. His work is currently held in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C., and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Exhibited

Milan, Arte Centro, Futuriosmo e Aeropittura. Velocità e dinamismo dal Trentino alla Sicilia, 2009, p. 24, no. 40 (titled Motivo decorativo, dated 1924, illustrated);
Pechino, National Art Museum of China, A+B+C/F = Futurismo, 2010; Guangdong, Museum of Art, Canton, 2010-11, p. 82;
Bologna, Galleria d’Arte Cinquantasei, Giacomo Balla Coloratissimo e luminosissimo, 2013
Spazio Oberdan, Nuovo Futurismo, 2012, p. 24

Literature

E. Gigli, Giacomo Balla. Coloratissimo e luminosissimo, Edizioni Cinquantasei, Bologna, 2013, pp. 150-51
Arte moderna e contemporanea. Antologia scelta 2014, Firenze, 2013, pp. 32-33 (illustrated)