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Giacomo Balla

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Speed lines + sky, c. 1914. Oil on jute canvas applied to canvasboard, 45.7x64 cm (jute), 48.5x68.5 cm (cardboard) Signature at lower left: Futur Balla. Inscription by Luce Balla on cardboard affixed to verso: "Speed line + sky" / by Giacomo Balla: label The Baltimore Museum of Art / "1914" Exhibition Celebrating the 50th Anniversary / of The Baltimore Museum of Art / 6 October - 15 November 1964 (with title Movement): label Musée Rath - Genève / 6 octobre 1977 - 15 janvier 1978 / Du futurisme au spatialisme: label Grosvenor Gallery London: label and stamp with no. 5628 Galleria Gissi, Turin: label Galleria Civica d'Arte Moderna - Turin / Mostra Giacomo Balla, with no. 118: cartouche with work data and indication XXXIV Biennale, Venedig, 1968. History: Graziano Laurini Collection, Milan (1962); Grosvenor Gallery, London; Sidney E. Cohn Collection, New York (1963-68); Gissi Gallery, Turin (1973); Private Collection, Geneva (1977); Christie's Collection, London, March 30, 1981, no. 71; Giorgio Franchetti Collection, Rome (1997); Private Collection Exhibitions: Giacomo Balla, curated by Enrico Crispolti, Turin, Galleria Civica di Arte Moderna, from April 4, 1963, cat. p. 100, no. 118; An Exhibition of Paintings, Drawings and Sculptures Created in 1914, Baltimore, The Baltimore Museum of Art, October 6-November 15, 1964, cat. no. 4 (with title Movement); I protagonisti del XX secolo, Turin, Galleria Gissi, 1973-74; cat. no. 2, illustrated; Du Futurisme au Spatialisme. Peinture italienne de la première moitié du XXe siècle, Geneva, Musée Rath, October 6, 1977-January 15, 1978, cat. p. 26, no. 7, illustrated; Novecento. Art and History in Italy, edited by Maurizio Calvesi and Paul Ginsborg, Rome, Scuderie del Quirinale, Mercati di Traiano, December 30, 2000 - April 1, 2001, cat. pp. 240, 283, 284, no. IV.3, illustrated in color. Bibliography: Maria Drudi Gambillo, Teresa Fiori, Archivi del Futurismo, volume two, De Luca Editore, Rome, 1962, pp. 96, 158, no. 131; Giovanni Lista, Balla, Edizioni Galleria Fonte D'Abisso, Modena, 1982, p. 215, no. 368.

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