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Giacomo Balla (Turin, July 18, 1871 - Rome, March 1, 1958). He is among the first protagonists of Italian divisionism. He then became a leading exponent of Futurism, signing together with Marinetti and the other Futurists, the manifestos that sanctioned the theoretical aspects of the movement. He attended the Albertina Academy of Fine Arts where he met Pellizza da Volpedo. In the early years of the twentieth century he began to paint Pointillist paintings, without however strictly following the scientific program of Seurat and Signac. In 1895 he left Turin to settle in Rome, where he would live for all his life. In 1903, he met Umberto Boccioni, Gino Severini and Mario Sironi at the Free School of the nude. A bond is born between him and Boccioni that will lead them to different avenues of research on the futurist path. When Filippo Tommaso Marinetti published the first Futurist Manifesto in 1909, he joined the movement with Boccioni, Carrà and Russolo. In 1910 the Manifesto of the Futurist Painters was published. On 11 April 1910, together with Boccioni, Carrà, Russolo and Severini he signed the technical manifesto of futurist painting. In October 1918 he published the "Manifesto of color", where he analyzes the role of color in avant-garde painting. In 1937, however, he wrote a letter to the newspaper "Perseo" in which he declared himself extraneous to Futurist activities. From that moment he was set aside by official culture, until the re-evaluation, after the war, of his works and of those Futurists in general.