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Historical Artist - Giacomo Balla (1871 - 1958)

Giacomo Balla studied art in his birthplace, Turin, Italy, before traveling to Paris in 1901, encountering the Impressionism and Divisionism. Balla signed the Futurist Manifesto in 1910, and began creating paintings that reflected the spirit of growth and movement of the early 20th century. By the 1920’s, Futurism had lost its appeal and novelty, and became associated with fascism. As a result, Balla turned towards abstraction in the 1930’s.

Influenced by Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, Giacomo Balla adopted the Futurism style, creating a pictorial depiction of light, movement and speed. During World War I Balla's studio became the meeting place for young artists but by the end of the war the Futurist movement was showing signs of decline. In 1935 he was made a member of Rome's Accademia di San Luca. Balla participated in the documenta 1 1955 in Kassel, Germany, his work was also shown postmortem during the documenta 8 in 1987.

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