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Giacomo Balla - Little girl with flowers
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Francesco Hayez - Tamar of Judah
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Eleuterio Pagliano - The Prayer Book
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Giuseppe Molteni - Portrait of a Gentlewoman
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Vittorio Tavernari - Totem
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Giuseppe Bertini - Ophelia
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Vittorio Tavernari - Female torso and Christ
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Nino Cassani - Rotation
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Giancarlo Sangregorio - Human Footing
Giacomo Balla - Little girl with flowers
Francesco Hayez - Tamar of Judah
Eleuterio Pagliano - The Prayer Book
Giuseppe Molteni - Portrait of a Gentlewoman
Vittorio Tavernari - Totem
Giuseppe Bertini - Ophelia
Vittorio Tavernari - Female torso and Christ
Nino Cassani - Rotation
Giancarlo Sangregorio - Human Footing

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The painting arrived at the Varese Civic Museums following the donation of Amelia Bolchini De Grandi. It is an almost unpublished work, as it has escaped the attention of the careful studies of Maurizio Fagiolo and Giovanni Lista, who have devoted particular attention to the pre-Futurist period of Balla. The painting Child with flowers seems to be extremely significant in this regard, since it refers to the particular technique used by Balla in the early years of the twentieth century, enriching the panorama of the portraits made in Rome after returning from Paris. The absolute freedom of the ductus, in dots, in commas, in long but free and open filaments, dynamically marks the figure linking it to the natural environment. Our portrait stands out for a shot with the figure of the dominant girl on a garden space marked only by tall and slender trunks, and framed with a frontal vision that in its fixity eliminates any trace of sketching to focus on an almost alienating expressiveness , accentuated by a blurring of the face that fits well into Balla's complex research in the early twentieth century, also including the cutting of part of the child's feet and a tight geometrical construction of the hat.


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