GIACOMO BALLA (1871-1958 BCE )
Paesaggio + Volo di Rondini (Landscape and Swallows in Flight), circa 1929

Paesaggio + Volo di Rondini (Landscape and Swallows in Flight), circa 1929
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GIACOMO BALLA (1871-1958 BCE )
Paesaggio + Volo di Rondini (Landscape and Swallows in Flight), circa 1929

C. 1929 United Kingdom
POA
Signed/InscribedSigned 'Futur Balla' (lower left); Signed 'Balla' and titled on the reverse Height30.30 inch
76.96 cm
Width30.50 inch
77.47 cm
Painted in around 1929, this is a vivacious and colourful prefiguration of Balla’s prominent twenties abstract works, a symmetrical arrangement of interlocked shapes and plastic experimentation in line with Futurist ideology. The twenties mark the artist’s interest in rich, decorative schemes for interior decorations, furniture, and clothing as a way to integrate his artistic credo and the idea of abstract chromatic decorativism into daily life.

Literature

Maurizo Calvesi, Il Futurismo: penetrazione e magia nella pittura di Balla,
Milan, 1967-68, illustrated p. 146 (titled Vele al Vento);
Giovanni Lista, Balla, Lausanne, 1984, illustrated fig. 1182

Provenance

Casa Balla, Rome (no. 325);
Alessandro Campilli, Rome (by 1961);
Sale: Sotheby's, London, 2 December 1982, lot 448;
Private Collection, United Kingdom;
Sale: Sotheby's London, 6 February 2014, lot 368;
Private collection, United Kingdom

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