Monday, February 25, 2013

Mercury Passing Before the Sun by Giacomo Balla

This is Mercury Passing Before the Sun (1914) by Giacomo Balla, an Italian painter. He was said to be one of the founders of Futurism. Futurist was greatly interested in capturing images in motion. This painting, as the title describes, is a depiction of the sun being covered by Mercury as seen from a telescope. I love the the swirling patterns and geometric shapes. I believe the streaks of white in the upper right hand corner brilliantly illustrate the suns rays as it comes through the telescope. The colors are vibrant and beautiful. It reminds me of a kaleidoscope.

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