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Birthday Observances: Giacomo Balla

Giacomo Balla, Self Portrait, 1900

Best known as a member of the Italian Futurist movement, Giacomo Balla—painter, sculptor, and set designer—was born on this day (July 18) in 1871 in Turin, Italy.

Balla had little formal art training. In 1895, while still in his early 20s, the painter left Turin to live in Rome. His work was included in the 1899 Venice Biennale…

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The Pity of War

A generation that had gone to school on a horse-drawn streetcar stood under the open sky, after WWI, in a countryside in which nothing remained unchanged but the clouds, and beneath these clouds, in a field of forces of destructive torrents and explosions, was the tiny, fragile human life.

—Walter Benjamin

L’Hirondelle, 2015
Oil on canvas, 72 x 72″

Through a…

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