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Dynamism of a Dog on a Leash by Giacomo Balla

    Dynamism of a Dog on a Leash by Giacomo Balla

    Dynamism of a Dog on a Leash (Dinamismo di un cane al guinzaglio) by Giacomo Balla was created in 1912. The painting is in Albright-Knox Art Gallery, New York. The size of the work is 89,9 x 109,9 cm and is made of oil on canvas.

    Balla painted this amusing study of a skittering dachshund and the staccato steps of his or her owner in May 1912 while visiting one of his students, the Contessa Nerazzini, at Montepulciano, near Siena. The lively background, with its vibrating and contrasting streaks of pink and green, is said to represent the white dust of the Tuscan countryside shimmering under the bright summer sun. (Read more in Albright-Knox Art Gallery)

    About the Artist: Italian painter Giacomo Balla was born in Turin. He was, art teacher and poet best known as a key proponent of Futurism. By age 20, his interest in visual art had developed to such a level that he decided to study painting at local academies, and several of his early works were shown at exhibitions. Following academic studies at the University of Turin, Balla moved to Rome in 1895. For several years he worked in Rome as an illustrator, caricaturist and portrait painter… Read more


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