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Giacomo Balla

Italian, 1871-1958

Giacomo Balla was born in Turin in 1871. Since he was a young boy, when he began to attend the Accademia Albertina, he dedicated his studies to the violin and painting. His first artistic accomplishment dates back to 1894, a self-portrait. In 1895, Balla moved to Rome with his mother and then in 1900, he moved to Paris for several months. His early years as a painter indicate an interest in the divisionist paintings of Giuseppe Pellizza da Volpedo and Giovanni Segantini, Impressionism and French Post-Impressionism. In 1910, together with his pupils Gino Severini and Umberto Boccioni, he signed 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 made a provocative gesture with which he auctioned off all of his artwork and declared 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 painted the Iridescent Compenetration, paintings in which the abstractionism of the composition and the geometry of the shapes prevail. In 1915, together with Fortunato Depero, he signed the Manifesto of the Futurist Reconstruction of the Universe. Towards the end of the Thirties, Balla’s futurist production was always more sporadic; the artist gradually returned to a more figurative painting. During his last years, Balla painted according to a realistic naturalism, that however, even if occasional, he had never completely abandoned.

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Giacomo Balla "Specchio d'acqua" Silk Carpet, Italy, 1929
By Giacomo Balla
Located in Rome, IT
Silk rug "Specchio d'Acqua" by Giacomo Balla. Squared shape, its size is 200 x 200 cm. Edition From a design of 1929. Entirely handwoven in silk with ancient techniques to 60,000 ...
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Giacomo Balla "Ricerca Luce Ideale" Silk Carpet, Italy, 1929
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Giacomo Balla Futurist Silk Carpet Rug Italy 1929 Red Pink Made in Italy
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Located in Rome, IT
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Set of Two Giacomo Balla Paravento Balla Room Dividers by Cassina
By Cassina, Giacomo Balla
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Room Divider designed by Giacomo Balla in 1917, relaunched in 2020. Manufactured by Cassina in Italy. This wooden screen is based on an original tempera and pencil sketch on pape...
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20th Century Pink Yellow Blu Green Flowers Giacomo Balla Designed Rug, 1987
By Giacomo Balla
Located in Firenze, IT
Giacomo Balla: "flowers + space" 1987 (Drawing: 1925) Made in Limited Edition in Sardinia in The Workshop of Antonia Spanu Mesina (Dorgali) on License of the Heirs, using an original...
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Giacomo Balla Screen
By Giacomo Balla
Located in New York, NY
Screen realized based on a project designed by Giacomo Balla in 1916-18. Multilayer wood structure. Set composed by two pieces, each with three panels linked with folding hinges. Sil...
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Balla Screen by Giacomo Balla for Simon International
By Simon Furniture, Giacomo Balla
Located in New York, NY
Screen realized based on a project designed by Giacomo Balla in 1916-18. Multilayer wood structure. Three panels linked with folding hinges. Silk-screen printing decoration on both s...
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Folding Screen Model 'Balla' by Giacomo Balla for Simon Gavina, 1972
By Giacomo Balla
Located in Brussels, BE
Folding screen model 'Balla' by Giacomo Balla for Simon Gavina, 1972.
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"Balla" Screen by Giacomo Balla for Gavina
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Located in Milan, IT
Marvellous Balla room divider by Giacomo Balla for Gavina. Three linked panels with decoration on both sides, can be freely positioned.
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