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Abstract Speed
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Abstract Speed

Giacomo Balla, Italian, 1871 - 1958


Oil on cream wove paper, mounted on wood

Sheet: 5 x 7 inches (12.7 x 17.8 cm)

© Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SIAE, Rome

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Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

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Currently not on view

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125th Anniversary Acquisition. Gift of The Judith Rothschild Foundation, 2007

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Balla belonged to the Furturist movement in Italy during the second decade of the twentieth century. The Futurists advocated reform of all aspects of human endeavor--art and architecture, furniture, clothing, and design, even customs and language--through technology and a commitment to the potential achievements of the new machine age. This drawing shows Balla's obsession with dynamism and velocity, which he expressed through abstract forms.