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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE ITALIAN COLLECTION

Giacomo Balla
RITRATTO DI DONNA (PORTRAIT OF A WOMAN)
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135

PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE ITALIAN COLLECTION

Giacomo Balla
RITRATTO DI DONNA (PORTRAIT OF A WOMAN)
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Giacomo Balla
1871 - 1958
RITRATTO DI DONNA (PORTRAIT OF A WOMAN)
signed Balla (lower right)
oil on canvas
68 by 48cm., 26 3/4 by 18 7/8 in.
Painted in 1902.
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Provenance

Vanarelli Collection, Rome (acquired by 1970)
Galleria La Barcaccia, Rome
Private Collection, Italy (acquired in 1973)
Thence by descent to the present owner

Literature

Maurizio Fagiolo dell'Arco, Futur Balla, Rome, 1970, no. 26, illustrated pl. V
Giovanni Lista, Balla, Modena, 1982, no. 64, illustrated p. 118

Catalogue Note

Giacomo Balla, born in Turin in 1871, is most known for his role as a key signatory of the Futurist manifesto, yet the young Italian artist was greatly influenced by French Impressionism due to a sojourn he made in Paris in 1900, which spurred the production of numerous portraits in his early career. The present work is a portrait of a lady in a bourgeois interior, elegantly dressed in the fashion of the time, which suggests her social status. The portrait hints at Balla’s lifelong interest in rendering light and its effects. The light that comes in from the left is the pictorial element that enlivens the whole composition; the radiating light beam that catches the woman’s right cheekbone and blouse could be from a natural source, but the concerted play of light and shade also suggests the set-up of lights present in a photography studio. The son of a photographer, it is Balla’s execution and fascination of light effects that make his portraits so intriguing.

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