Giacomo BallaAbstract Speed - The Car has Passed 1913

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Artist
Giacomo Balla (1871‑1958)
Title
Abstract Speed - The Car has Passed
Velocità astratta - l'auto è passata
Date 1913
MediumOil paint on canvas
Dimensionssupport: 502 x 654 mm frame: 552 x 704 x 52 mm
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Tate
Acquisition Presented by the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1970
Reference
T01222

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Ballà was a leading figure in the Italian Futurist group. He believed that the power and speed of machines such as cars were the salient characteristics of the modern age and aimed to express this idea in his work. This painting was originally the right-hand part part of a triptych. The left-hand part of the triptych was called 'Line of Force + Landscape' and the central one 'Lines of Force + Noise'. The theme of the triptych was the passage of a car along a white road, with green and blue forms, evoking earth and sky, in the background. The pinkish areas in this painting suggest the exhaust fumes left by the passing car.

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