Italian painter, sculptor and stage designer. First influenced by Divisionism and Pointilism in his early paintings, Balla joined the Futurists in 1910. His work included analytical studies of speeding cars and abstract sculpture using a variety of materials. In the late 1930s he had distanced himself from the movement and his style remained strongly figurative.
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Born in 1871, Giacomo Balla was the senior member of the first wave of Futurist painters and was well established as a teacher (Umberto Boccioni and Gino Severini were pupils). His early, pre-Futurist period was influenced by the pointilism of Georges Seurat and it was not until 1912 that he joined the Futurist movement.