Friday, March 01, 2013
Today is the anniversary of the death in 1958 of Italian painter Giacomo Balla. Born in 1871, he was 86 years old when he died. He was a founder of Futurism.
I ran across the picture at the top of the post, Iridescent Compenetration (1913), online on an art blog and was intrigued enough to look into his work a bit. The picture below is called Future (study) and was completed in 1918:
One of the emphases of Futurism was showing movement, and the oil painting below, Dynamism of a Dog on a Leash (1912), is a wonderful example of how that was accomplished on the canvas:
The Smithsonian has a picture of some of his flower sculptures and a discussion of how the movement suffered and died due to its association with Fascism.