Giacomo Balla

Giacomo Balla

Turin, Città Metropolitana di Torino, Piemonte, Italy
Death 1 Mar 1958 (aged 86)
Rome, Città Metropolitana di Roma Capitale, Lazio, Italy
Burial Rome, Città Metropolitana di Roma Capitale, Lazio, Italy
Plot Area IX (Bassopiano Pincetto), sector 139, grave 30
Memorial ID 130384846 · View Source
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Balla was the son of a photographer and as a child he studied music. At 9, when his father died, he gave up music and began working in a lithograph print shop. Until age of twenty, his interest in art was such that he decided to study painting at local academies and exhibited several of his early works.

Following academic studies at the University of Turin, Balla moved to Rome in 1895, where he met and married Elisa Marcucci. For several years he worked in Rome as an illustrator, a caricaturist, and also did portraiture. In 1899, his work was shown at the Venice Biennale, and in the ensuing years his art was on display at major Italian exhibitions in Rome and Venice. In Munich, Berlin,and Düsseldorf, Germany. Salon d'Automne in Paris, and galleries in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Around 1902, he taught Divisionist techniques to Umberto Boccioni and Gino Severini. Influenced by Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, Giacomo Balla adopted the Futurism style, creating a pictorial depiction of light, movement and speed. He was signatory to the Futurist Manifesto in 1910, and began designing and painting Futurist furniture, also created Futurist "antineutral" clothing. In painting, his new style is demonstrated in Dynamism of a Dog on a Leash (1912). In 1914, Balla also began sculpting, and the year after, created the well-known sculpture, Boccioni's Fist.

During World War I, Balla's studio became the meeting place for young artists. By the end of the war, the Futurist movement showed signs of decline. In 1935, he was made a member of Rome's Accademia di San Luca. In 1955, Balla participated in the documenta 1 in Kassel, Germany.

The children of Giacomo Balla and Elisa Marcucci are:
1. Elica Balla
2. Luce Balla


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