( Originally Published 1955 )
Italian Futurist painter and teacher of Boccioni and Severini in Rome around 1904. He was a signer of the Futurist Manifesto of 1910 and a faithful adherent to its program through the 1920's. Later, settling in Rome, he turned to a more representational manner. Balla's Futurist work is interesting for its various solutions of the problem of kinetic motion, e.g., his Leash in Motion (or Running Dog) in the Museum of Modern Art, but not quite as interesting aesthetically as the work of other members of the group.