“Everything moves, everything runs, everything turns rapidly…things in movement multiply and are distorted…thus a galloping horse does not have four legs: it has twenty”
Umberto Boccioni, Technical Manifesto of Futurist Painting in
(Lynton, 1997, p.98)
Giacomo Balla, Dynamism of a Dog on a Leash, 1912
Giacomo Balla was an early 1900's artist who was influenced by the Futurist movement that occurred in Italy. This movement demanded artists to change their traditional art making practice and incorporating speed, motion and technology into their works.
This movement gave clear instructions of how to create a Futurist artwork and Balla followed them (Lynton, 1997, p.98).
Balla's Artistic Practice:
- demonstrates and incorporates a sense of speed, motion and movement.
- multiple legs, exact representation expressed in Boccioni's manifesto above.
- Futuristic in a sense that the artist uses a dog and the woman to move forward, towards the future.
- placement of subject matter is not traditional portraiture or landscape but rather it seems the audience is looking down at the dog.
( Lynton, N. (1997), p. 97-105)