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(b Turin, 18 July 1871; d Rome, 1 Mar. 1958). Italian painter and sculptor, active mainly in Rome, one of the leading Futurist artists. From a visit to Paris in 1900–1 Balla brought back to Italy a feeling for divisionism and for colour and light that he passed on to Boccioni and Severini. His early works included landscapes and portraits, but after the turn of the century he became increasingly interested in portraying aspects of modern industrialized life.

Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)