Giacomo Balla

1871 Born in Turin.

1895 Moves to Rome.

1900 Makes an extended visit to Paris where he works as an illustrator and where he sees Impressionist and Neo-Impressionist work.

1901 Returns to Rome.

1909 Balla’s painting Street Lamp already exhibits aspects of proto ‘Futurist’ style.

1910 Signs the Manifesto of Futurist Painting (February) and the Technical Manifesto of Futurist Painting (April).

1912 Decorates the house of Arthur and Grete Löwenstein in Düsseldorf.

1913 His painting Speed of Car + Light + Noise is the climax of his attempts to represent speed. It is essentially abstract.

1917 Designs stage sets for Stravinsky’s Feu d’artifice.

1920–40 Works in a variety of divisionist and geometrical styles but is primarily interested in the decorative arts.

1958 Dies in Rome.


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Giacomo Balla - Selected Works

1903 The Farm Worker, Rome, Accademia Nazionale di San Luca

1905 The Madwoman, Rome, Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna

1909 Street Light , New York, MOMA

1912 Dynamism of a Dog on a Leash, Buffalo, Albright-Knox Gallery

1912 The Hand of the Violinist, London, Estorick Collection

1912 Girl Running on a Balcony, Milan, Civica Galleria d’Arte Moderne

1913 Speeding Auto, Milan, Gallery of Modern Art

1913 Flight of the Swallows, New York, MOMA

Giacomo Balla - Featured Paintings

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