GIACOMO BALLA Linee forze di paesaggio

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Linee forze di paesaggio
Signed Balla (lower left); signed Balla and titled (on the reverse)
Oil on canvas
25⅝ by 39⅜ in.
65 by 100 cm
Painted in 1930.

Casa Balla, Rome
Private Collection, Rome (acquired by 1993)
Private Collection

Rome, Galleria d'Arte Russo, Giacomo Balla: pittura dinamica = simultaneità delle forze, 2010, no. 8, illustrated in the catalogue
London, Mazzoleni, Light in Motion: Balla, Dorazio, Zappettini, 2017, illustrated in the catalogue

Maria Drudi Gambillo & Teresa Fiori, Archivi del Futurismo, Rome, 1962, no. 378, illustrated n.p.
Giovanni Lista, Balla, Modena, 1982, no. 770, illustrated p. 356

A key member of the Futurist movement, Giacomo Balla was instrumental in distilling and exalting the group’s core features of dynamism, speed and progress. At the height of the Futurist movement around 1913, Balla was most influenced by the chronophotogrpahy of Étienne-Jules Marey and strove to capture the essence of motion. This focus later gave way to the analysis and depiction of light as Balla’s strikingly angular compositions became increasingly more abstract and undulating, as exemplified by the present work. With its bright and curvilinear forms, Linee forza di paesaggio stands among the last of the artist’s abstract works before politically-inspired figuration would come to dominate his late oeuvre.

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