Frases de Giacomo Balla

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Giacomo Balla

Fecha de nacimiento: 18. Julio 1871
Fecha de muerte: 1. Marzo 1958

Giacomo , pintor y escultor italiano, uno de los fundadores del movimiento futurista. Estudió en la escuela nocturna de dibujo de Turín. Más tarde se traslada a Roma, trabajando con éxito como retratista. Inicialmente su pintura impresionista muestra luego interés por el análisis cromático. Adopta la disolución de lo visible en puntos de color. Es también partidario de ideas anarquistas como algunos puntillistas como Pisarro. Utiliza la técnica puntillista para pintar temas del futurismo: la dinámica y la velocidad.

En 1900 se traslada a París, donde descubre y es muy influenciado por los puntillistas parisinos, desde 1909 lo estuvo en particular por la obra del poeta Filippo Marinetti, con él publicó el manifiesto futurista.

Al contrario de otros de su mismo género, Balla fue un pintor lírico, ajeno a la violencia. Sus obras más reconocidas tratan la dinamicidad de la luz y el movimiento simultáneo, como "Dinamismo de perro con correa" .

En octubre de 1918 publicó su "Manifiesto del color" , un análisis del color en la pintura de vanguardia.

En la década de 1930 se distanció del futurismo, del cual fue uno de sus exponentes más destacados.

Frases Giacomo Balla

„En el torbellino de las tendencias de vanguardia, o mismo semifuturistas, domina el color. Debe dominar el color como privilegio típico del estilo italiano.“

—  Giacomo Balla

Manifesto del colore, 1918.
Original: «Nel groviglio delle tendenze avanguardiste, siano esse semifuturiste, o futuriste, domina il colore. Deve dominare il colore poiché privilegio tipico del genere italiano».

„They [ Boccioni and Severini ] did not want anything to do with me in Paris and they were right: they have gone much further than I, but I will work and I too will progress.“

—  Giacomo Balla

Balla is quoted here by his former pupil Umberto Boccioni, in his letter to his Futurist art-friend (and also former pupil of Balla) Gino Severini, Jan. 1913; as quoted in Futurism, ed. Didier Ottinger; Centre Pompidou / 5 Continents Editions, Milan, 2008, p. 248
Balla was referring to his two former pupils

„In the evening I study a fair.... if you could see the pomp and luxury of the merry-go-round and the stands and booths. Everything is decorated in Baroque-style, all gold and silver; there are mirrors, fabrics, and electric lightning. By night the whole thing is fantastic and rowdy. First of all I shall make a small picture and some drawings for illustrations.“

—  Giacomo Balla

quote c. 1900, in: Giacomo Balla (1871 – 1951), ed. Fagiolo dell'Arco, exh. catalogue, Galleria Nationale d'Arte Moderna, Rome, 1971
Balla studied a fair for his later painting ' Luna park in Paris https://www.wikiart.org/en/giacomo-balla/luna-park-par-s-1900,' he painted in 1900

„It will interest artists because, in it, I have made a special study of the way of walking of this girl, and, in fact, I have succeeded in giving the illusion that she is in the process of moving forward.“

—  Giacomo Balla

quote c. 1900, in: 'Lista,' by Balla; in catalogue raisonné, Edizione Galleria Fonte d'Abisso, Modena, 1982, p. 248
Balla's quote refers to a photo of a moving girl he saw, made before 1900 by photographer Jules-Etienne Marey; the photo was exposed at the Exposition Universelle (1900), visited by Balla, then.

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„And we must invent dynamic designs to go with them and express them in equally dynamic shapes: triangles, cones, spirals, ellipses, circles, etc.“

—  Giacomo Balla

(Manuscript, 1914); as quoted in Futurism, ed. Didier Ottinger; Centre Pompidou / 5 Continents Editions, Milan, 2008, p. 148
Futurist Manifesto of Men's clothing,' 1913/1914

„As a result we shall have the necessary variety of clothes, even if the people of a given city lack the imagination themselves. The happiness of our Futurist clothes will help to spread the kind of good humour aimed at by my great friend PaIazzeschi in his futurist 'Manifesto against Sadness.“

—  Giacomo Balla

(Manuscript, 1913); as quoted at dekorera.tumblr: futurist manifesto of men's clothing http://dekorera.tumblr.com/post/3212646425/futurist-manifesto-of-mens-clothing-by-giacomo
Futurist Manifesto of Men's clothing,' 1913/1914

„Use materials with forceful MUSCULAR colours – the reddest of reds, the most purple of purples, the greenest of greens, intense yellows, orange, vermillion – and SKELETON tones of white, grey and black.“

—  Giacomo Balla

(Manuscript, 1914); as quoted in Futurism, ed. Didier Ottinger; Centre Pompidou / 5 Continents Editions, Milan, 2008, p. 148
Futurist Manifesto of Men's clothing,' 1913/1914

„We want Futurist clothes to be comfortable and practical
Dynamic
Aggressive
Shocking
Energetic
Violent
Flying (i. e. giving the idea of flying, rising and running)
Peppy
Joyful
Illuminating (in order to have light even in the rain)
Phosphorescent
Lit by electric lamps.“

—  Giacomo Balla

(Manuscript, 1913); as quoted at dekorera.tumblr: Futurist manifesto of men's clothing http://dekorera.tumblr.com/post/3212646425/futurist-manifesto-of-mens-clothing-by-giacomo
Futurist Manifesto of Men's clothing,' 1913/1914

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