Collection of Giovanni Lista
Sotheby's New York, Italian Futurist Photographs: Property from the Collection of Giovannni Lista, 9 November 1982, Sale 4956, Lot 10
Private Collection, New York
Christie's New York, 8 April 1998, Sale 8884, Lot 228
Acquired by Nancy Richardson from the above
Rome, Biennale Internazionale d'Arte Fotografia, December 1932 -- January 1933
Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Photographie Futuriste Italienne, 1911-1939, October 1981 -- January 1982
This photograph comes originally from the pre-eminent Giovanni Lista collection of Futurist photography. Lista's books, Photographie Futuriste Italienne (Paris, 1981) and Futurism and Photography (London, 2001), are the definitive works to date on the subject of Futurist photography. Lista's personal Futurist photography collection was sold in these rooms on 9 November 1982.
Raffaele Baldi taught himself photography as a boy, and later went into business as an architectural photographer. He first encountered Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, the mastermind and leader of the iconoclastic Futurist movement, in 1930. Marinetti, whose Futurist Manifesto advocated, among other things, the violent destruction of older art forms to clear the way for new modes of expression, was always ready to recruit talented and visually adventurous photographers to his cause. Aside from his forays into abstraction, of which Linear Harmonies is an example, Baldi's Futurist experiments included photomontages and the first photograms made under the banner of Futurism. The print of Linear Harmonies offered here was one of two photographs by Baldi exhibited in the 1938 Biennale Internazionale d'Arte Fotografia exhibition. After World War II, Baldi devoted himself to industrial photography.
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