[First and Last Thoughts] (Self-portrait)

Giacomo Balla1949

National Academy of San Luca

National Academy of San Luca
Roma, Italy

Balla made numerous self-portraits in some of which he portrayed himself painting, as is, for example, the case in the Self-portrait of the same year now conserved at Civica Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea in Turin. In the Academy’s self-portrait, however, the allusion to his profession is subtler and more veiled. He sits before the viewer, dressed informally, wearing a flannel jacket and a light-blue scarf. The painting’s horizontal format allows him to flank his own face with a reproduction of another self-portrait in pastels by his daughter Elica, entitled Primi pensieri [First Thoughts].
[L. P. Nicoletti]


  • Title: [First and Last Thoughts] (Self-portrait)
  • Creator: Giacomo Balla
  • Date: 1949
  • Physical Dimensions: 31,5 x 40,3
  • Medium: oil on canvas

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