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Francis Picabia

Francis Picabia

Francis Picabia


PICABIA. Borras, Maria Lluisa

CL.  NYC 1985

SKU 46379

A large survey of Picabia's work. A founder of the Dada movement, Francis Picabia was a maverick, an out-and-out individualist who mocked even his fellow-travelers. He participated in Surrealism but was reviled by the Surrealists. His entries in the New York Armory Show of 1913 made him a leader of the avant-garde, but even after that exhibit Americans couldn't understand his religious fantasies laced with savage humor. Picabia is less well known in the U.S. than in Europe; he is often considered more of a catalyst than a genius in his own right. This massive, definitive biography (originally published in Spain) should add luster to Picabia's reputation. His Dada pictures, which lyrically link machines, words and images, now seem precursors of conceptual art. Like Picasso, he was a chameleonturning out imitations of Monet and Pissarro, then Fauve nudes, geometric abstractions, Cubist burlesques.

550. Cl. Many B/W photos.