Giacomo Balla (1871 - 1958)
Dynamism of a Dog on a Leash, 1912
Giacomo Balla was one of the founders of the Futurism art Movement. Artlex.com defines Futurism as "a modern art movement originating among Italian artists in 1909, when Filippo Marinetti's first manifesto of futurism appeared, until the end of World War I. Futurism was a celebration of the machine age, glorifying war and favoring the growth of fascism. Futurist painting and sculpture were especially concerned with expressing movement and the dynamics of natural and man-made forms.
Some of these ideas, including the use of modern materials and technique, were taken up later by Marcel Duchamp (French, 1887-1968), the cubists, and the constructivists."
This happens to be one of my favorite all-time paintings because of the way the artist captures movement in the dog - if I were to describe how a wiener dog moves, I would refer to this painting. The other benefit of this piece is that it is accessible - just go to the Albright Knox gallery in Buffalo and you will see this piece among the many modern art masterpieces in their collection.