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Giacomo Balla
Contrast of Lights - Portrait of Elica Balla - Oil on Panel by G. Balla - 1941

1941

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Oil painting on Board realized by Balla as portrait of his second daughter Elica. A beautiful, top quality portrait among the most beautiful of his figurative painting. It includes an original contemporary wooden frame designed and colored by Balla himself (he used to often produce himself the frames for his works). Signed on top left "BALLA" in capital letters. Giacomo Balla (Turin, 1871 - Rome, 1958) Giacomo Balla was born in Turin in 1871. Since he was a young boy, when he begins to attend the Albertina Academy, he dedicates his studies to the violin and painting. His first artistic accomplishment dates back to 1894, a self-portrait. In 1895 Balla moves to Rome with his mother and then in 1900 he moves to Paris for several months. His early years as a painter indicate an interest in the divisionist paintings of Pellizza da Volpedo and Giovanni Segantini, Impressionism and French Post-Impressionism. In 1910, together with his pupils Gino Severini and Umberto Boccioni, he signs the Manifesto of the Futurist Painters. It is in 1912, with works of art such as the famous Dynamism of a Dog on a Leash, that Balla’s art begins to show clear futuristic characteristics, demonstrating a special focus for the objective analysis of detail. Also in 1912, Balla makes a provocative gesture with which he auctions off all of his art work and declares himself dead; still famous, the phrase pronounced on this occasion: “Balla is dead. Here are sold the works of art of the late Balla”, that marks the clear intention of the artist to deny himself and provoke the public, pushing him towards a reexamination of the values of art. Between the end of 1912 and 1914 the artist paints the Iridescent Compenetrations, paintings in which the abstractionism of the composition and the geometry of the shapes prevail. In 1915, together with Fortunato Depero, he signs the Manifesto of the Futurist Reconstruction of the Universe. Towards the end of the Thirties, Balla’s futurist production is always more sporadic; the artist gradually returns to a more figurative painting. During his last years, Balla paints according to a realistic naturalism, that however, even if occasional, he had never completely abandoned. This artwork is shipped from Italy. Under existing legislation, any artwork in Italy created over 70 years ago by an artist who has died requires a licence for export regardless of the work’s market price. The shipping may require additional handling days to require the licence according to the final destination of the artwork.

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  • Creator
    Giacomo Balla (1871-1958, Italian)
  • Creation Year
    1941
  • Dimensions
    Height: 15.75 in. (40 cm)Width: 11.82 in. (30 cm)Depth: 0.4 in. (1 cm)
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  • Movement & Style
  • Period
  • Condition
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  • Gallery Location
    Roma, IT
  • Reference Number
    Seller: J-491721stDibs: LU65036083052

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    Ships From: Rome, Italy
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