Quotes of Giacomo Balla
- 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 (ca. 1900) quoted 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," he made 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 (ca. 1900); Quoted in "Lista," Balla, catalogue raisonné, Edizione Galleria Fonte d’Abisso, Modena, 1982, p. 248
- Balla's quote refers to a photo of a moving girl, made by Jules-Etienne Marey; it was exposed at the 1900 Exposition Universelle and seen there by Balla.
- They 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.
- Balla, quoted in a letter by Umberto Boccioni to his Futurist art-friend Gino Severini, Jan. 1913; as quoted in "Futurism", ed. By Didier Ottinger; Centre Pompidou / 5 Continents Editions, Milan, 2008, p. 248
- Balla was referring to his former pupils, the young Futurist painters Boccioni and Severini.
"Futurist Manifesto of Men's clothing," 1914
Unpublished "Futurist Manifesto of Men's clothing," Balla (dedicated to Marinetti), 1914; as quoted in "Futurism", ed. By Didier Ottinger; Centre Pompidou / 5 Continents Editions, Milan, 2008, p. 148
- Use materials with forceful MUSCULAR colours – the reddest of reds, the most purple of purples, the greenest of greens, intense yellows, orange, vermillion – ans SKELETON tones of white, grey and black.
- And we must invent dynamic designs to go with them and express them in equally dynamic shapes: triangles, cones, spirals, ellipses, circles, etc.
"The Futurist Reconstruction of the Universe." 1915
- Futurism, as it has developed over six years, has solidified and surpassed Impressionism, has proposed plastic dynamism, atmospheric modeling, and the interpenetration of planes and states of mind.
- We Futurists, Balla and Depero, seek to realize this total fusion in order to reconstruct the universe by making it more joyful, in other words by an integral re-creation. 'We will give skeleton and flesh to the invisible, the impalpable, the imponderable and the imperceptible. We will find abstract equivalents for all the forms and elements of the universe, and then well will combine them according to the caprice of our inspiration, to shape plastic complexes which we will set in motion.
- Using complex, constructive, noise-producing abstraction, that is, the Futurist Style. Any action developed in space, any emotion felt, will represent for us the intuition of a discovery.
- Further developing his first synthesis of a speeding automobile, Balla has arrived at the first plastic complex. This has revealed to us an abstract landscape of cones, pyramids, polyhedrons, spirals of mountains, rivers, lights, shadows. In short, there is a deep analogy between the essential force-lines of speed and the essential force-lines of a landscape.
Quotes about Giacomo Balla
- Balla (former art teacher of Boccioni and Severini) flabbergasted us because, not content with being involved in a Futurist campaign, as you can well imagine him doing, he launched himself into a complete transformation. He rejected all his works and all his working methods. He started work on four pictures of movement (one painting was 'Girl running on a balcony'), which were still realist but incredible ahead of their time.. ..He confided this to Aldo Pallazzeschi: 'They (Balla’s former pupils 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.’
- Quote of Boccioni in his letter to Gino Severini, Jan. 1913; Boccioni is referring to their common former teacher Balla who lived and worked that time in Paris; as quoted in Futurism, ed. By Didier Ottinger; Centre Pompidou / 5 Continents Editions, Milan, 2008