Giacomo Balla

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Giacomo Balla (born July 18, 1871 in Turin , † March 1, 1958 in Rome ) was an Italian painter of futurism .

life and work

After briefly studying at the Albertina in Turin , Balla moved to Rome in 1895. 1900/01 he stayed in Paris and dealt with the divisionist technique of the Neo-Impressionists .

After he had signed the "Futurist Manifesto" written by Filippo Tommaso Marinetti in 1909 , he wrote the "Technical Manifesto of Futurist Painters" in 1910 together with his students Umberto Boccioni , Carlo Carrà , Luigi Russolo and Gino Severini . In 1912, together with the same artists, he signed the appeal “The exhibitors to the public” for the futurist exhibition in Berlin. With his own works he took part in the “Mostra Futurista” in Rome in 1913, the exhibition Italian Futurist Painters and Sculptors at the Rotterdamsche Kunstring in Rotterdam and finally in the same year at Herwarth Walden's first German autumn salon in Berlin. The representation of temporal processes, the dynamics and rhythms in a picture was the aim of a large part of his work.

An order for a mural took him repeatedly to Düsseldorf between 1912 and 1914 . In 1917 he equipped the stage for the Ballets Russes of Sergei Diaghilev made. Balla participated in documenta 1 (1955) in Kassel , and his works were also shown posthumously at documenta 8 in 1987.

Works (selection)

  • 1909: Street Light , Museum of Modern Art, New York
  • 1912: The rhythm of movement of a dog on a leash , Albright-Knox Art Gallery , Buffalo , New York, USA
  • 1912: A child runs across the balcony
  • 1912: Racing Automobile , Museum of Modern Art, New York
  • 1913: Plasticity of lights and speed , Staatsgalerie , Stuttgart .
  • 1914: Mercury passes in front of the sun
  • 1914 "Forme rumore di motocicletta", Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo, Netherlands
  • 1914: Form shouts "Long live Italy"
  • 1916/17 "Paravento con linea di velocità", Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo, Netherlands
  • 1918: Spazzolridente
  • 1918 "Volo di rondini", Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo, Netherlands
  • ca.1925 : Plasticita Dinamica , oil on wood, 33 × 52 cm, Nagel Auctions, Stuttgart 2013.


Web links

Commons : Giacomo Balla  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Letter from Gerda Panofsky dated April 2, 2013.
  2. ^ Ina Conzen: Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, the collection: Masterpieces from the 14th to the 21st century , Hirmer, Munich 2008, ISBN 978-3-7774-7065-8 .