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Object of the week: A drawing by Francis Picabia

Francis PICABIA - « Lanscape », 1906, Signed drawing

Thisweek, we present a unique drawing by Francis Picabia. This "Landscape" from 1906 in black pencil and stump transports us directly into the calm of the town of Villneuve-sur-Yonne. City full of character and charm, Francis Picabia has made it a recurring subject-matter in his work.

Before being close to the Dada movement and the Surrealists, Francis Picabia was first inspired by the Impressionists. The discovery of Alfred Sisley's work and his meeting with the Pissaro family at the end of the 19th century marked a turning point in his work.

Francis Picabia was born in Paris in 1879 and died in 1953. He is the son of a Spanish man born in Cuba, Francisco Picabia and a French woman. He has a comfortable but nevertheless difficult childhood following the death of his mother when he was only seven years old. He grew up with his father and began painting and drawing. He begins his apprenticeship in 1895 at L'Ecole des Arts Décoratifs. At that time, his painting was impressionist, marked by Sisley and Pissaro. His works took on a new dimension around 1909, when he married Gabrielle Buffet, an avant-garde musician, who inspired him in his work throughout his life. It was also during this period that he knew Marcel Duchamp, and created a friendship that would last until the end of his life. From 1910 onwards, Francis Picabia explored different movements such as fauvism, cubism and futurism.

 

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