On this day in 1871, Futurist Giacomo Balla was born in Turin where he began his art studies. He moved to Rome in 1895 and had work included in the 1899 Venice Biennale. Balla signed the second Futurist Manifesto (1910) alongside Umberto Boccioni, Carlo Carrà, Luigi Russolo, and Gino Severini, although he did not exhibit with the group until 1913. In addition to painting and sculpture, Balla designed furniture and clothing.
Dynamism of a Dog on a Leash (Dinamismo di un cane al guinzaglio), 1912, oil on canvas. Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo. Bequest of A. Conger Goodyear and Gift of George F. Goodyear, 1964.
Abstract Speed + Sound (Velocità astratta + rumore), 1913-14, oil on unvarnished millboard in artist’s painted frame. The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice 76.2553.31 © 2014 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/SIAE, Rome
Boccioni’s Fist, ca. 1914