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

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

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

About Dynamism of a Dog on a Leash

“Dynamism of a Dog on a Leash” is a distinguished artwork by Giacomo Balla, created in the year 1912. This piece is rendered in oil on canvas and exemplifies the Futurism art movement, featuring an animal painting genre. The artwork measures 91 x 110 cm and presently graces the Albright-Knox Art Gallery located in Buffalo, NY, USA. The work was composed in Italy, and it vividly captures the essence and energy associated with the period’s interest in movement and the dynamism of life.

The artwork depicts a small dog, possibly a dachshund, in motion, as suggested by the multiple sets of legs and tails in varying positions, which create a sense of rapid movement. The dog appears to be leashed, with the leash extending towards the top of the composition where the hand of the person walking the dog is faintly visible. The feet of this person are similarly multiplied, again suggesting motion. Balla’s focus on the rhythmic repetition of form accentuates the speed and rhythm of the walking dog and its human companion, adhering to the Futurist fascination with the visual effects of motion and the dynamic qualities of modern life. The background is muted, primarily serving to emphasize the movement of the dog and the walker. Overall, the painting vibrates with an almost palpable sense of energy and life, encapsulating the Futurist intent to capture the force and vitality of the technological age.

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