Dynamism of a Dog on a Leash (1912) by Giacomo Balla

Dynamism of a Dog on a Leash - Balla, Giacomo - 1912 - 2

Artwork Information

TitleDynamism of a Dog on a Leash
ArtistGiacomo Balla
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions91 x 110 cm
Art MovementFuturism
Current LocationAlbright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY, US
Location Created Italy
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About Dynamism of a Dog on a Leash

Dynamism of a Dog on a Leash by Giacomo Balla is an iconic artwork of the Futurist movement, created in 1912. The painting was heavily influenced by the artist’s fascination with chronophotographic studies of animals in motion, resulting in a depiction of a woman walking her dog with varied levels of transparency and multiple tails and legs.

One of the primary themes of the artwork is the representation of the movement and immediacy of the modern era. It combines Futurist and Cubist ideals, showing simultaneous events in one composition. Balla’s work explores movement in various ways, including painting many small increments of time and entering an exploratory abstract phase.

The painting has been exhibited in various galleries worldwide, including the Galerie Der Sturm’s Autumn Salon in Berlin in 1913. “Dynamism of a Dog on a Leash” is a testament to Balla’s ability to showcase the dynamic qualities of motion in art, solidifying his place in the Futurist movement. Overall, the painting serves as a mesmerizing representation of the intersection between art and the modern era, both in terms of style and content.

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