GIACOMO BALLA - BALLA'S WORD - 1925

In 2000 Murizio Fagiolo wrote: "The abstraction of an abstraction. There are few painters who have based their representation on the number and the letter: the most abstract one can imagine. Over the years Balla paints many pictures based on these anti-painterly media. maximum: The spell is broken, Numbers in love, LTI, Light, Dance ... the alphabet becomes building material.
Starting from the language, Balla arrives at the word and then at the vowel and finally (as it is already seen in the splendid "words in freedom) at pure sound. The thesis is intuitive.
Even a codified fact like language can acquire new values: words can be painted, that is, sound can become tactile: all means are justified for those who think of an end. "
And Balla in this canvas wanted to represent his reality - not at all abstract - as a painter through the use of his seven letters: BALLA.
Also within the roundup of the 22 canvases created by Balla in 1929, all of the same size (77 x77 cm), Balla used other words to make an otherwise abstract reality real: on the door leading into the kitchen, we can find the word Buon appetito , while in another canvas along the corridor buy the word Tac next to the canvas with the exclamation When?.
Our little magician, therefore, finding himself faced with a concrete problem in the new home in Via Oslavia (closing the compartment created in the upper part of the corridor wall where the water pipes pass) invents a fun collection of canvases with themes from he always painted: Space lines, speed + noise shapes, sea force lines ...
The work comes from Casa Balla as you can see from the plate on the back with the number of the Agenda typed to the daughter Luce after the death of her father; was exhibited in the exhibition dedicated by the Municipality of Padua to the so-called squares.

20.05.2021