Giacomo Balla, ‘Forme Rumore’, ca. 1925, Stephen Ongpin Fine Art

Signature: Signed FUTUR BALLA at the lower right.

Casa Balla, Rome
Acquired in 1974 by Roberto Gnisci, Rome
Galleria Arco d’Alibert, Rome
Galleria Editalia, Rome, in 1985
Anonymous sale, London, Christie’s, 29 March 1988, lot 319
Branco Weiss, Zurich.

About Giacomo Balla

Italian painter, sculptor, and designer Giacomo Balla was an originator of Futurism and best known for his work from this period, when he began to sign his name “Futur Balla.” Born in Turin, Balla was self-taught, his early depictions of landscapes and portraits influenced by the Italian Divisionists. After moving to Rome in 1895, Balla traveled to Paris where he was introduced to the industrialism of the modern metropolis that would later influence his paintings; his depiction of moving objects and artificial light was inspired by the velocity and motion of Paris’s light-flooded boulevards. Soon after signing the Technical Manifesto of Futuristic Painting in 1910, Balla became an active and influential member of the group and, later, an early practitioner of abstract sculpture. By 1930 he began his ultimate return to the traditional, impressionistic-figurative style of his youth.

Italian, 1871-1958, Turin, Italy, based in Rome, Italy

Group Shows

LIGHT IN MOTION: Balla, Dorazio, Zappettini
Mazzoleni 1986–2016: 30 years of art 30 Italian artists
Complesso Monumentale del Vittoriano, 
Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy,
L'Unità dell'Arte Italiana nella Diversità delle Regioni - Regioni e Testimonianze d'Italia
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