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Giacomo Ballas painting Abstract Speed - The Car Has Passed was originally the right hand side of a triptych work done in 1913 The center was a piece called Line of Force Noise and the left hand side was Line of force Landscape He uses an analogous color scheme of green and blue to represent the earth and the sky The pink is supposed to represent exhaust fumes from the passing vehicle Supposedly the car is passing at a speed of thirty five miles per hour which at the time was an incredible fast pace The work uses a geometric perspective evident by the road fading into the distance However Balla also seems to use an ambiguous perspective because of how the viewer can sense movement in the painting Actual lines are placed abstractly giving the picture definition shape and also adding to the movement of the work The Car Has Passed is a two dimensional work done with oil paints on a canvas ground and has a symmetrical balance This piece is on display at the Tate Gallery in London Giacomo Balla was born on July 18 1871 in Turin Italy son of a chemist and an amateur photographer He is considered a futurist painter sculptor and designer In 1891 he studied for two months at the Academia Albertina di Bella Arte and the Liceo Artistico in Turin He also studied at the University of Turin until 1892 After 1895 Balla spent most of his life in Rome working as an illustrator caricaturist and portrait painter Most of his earlier pieces were portraits landscapes and caricatures that were influenced by Italian Divisionists On a trip to Paris in 1900 to visit the Exposition Universelle Balla became very interested in aspects of modern industrial life He stayed in Paris for seven months being an assistant to illustrator Serafino Macchiati Balla was introduced to futurism at this time Futurism was
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