Francis Picabia

1879–1953

Francis Picabia, ‘Otaïti’ 1930
Otaïti 1930
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Francis Picabia (French: [fʁɑ̃sis pikabja]; born Francis-Marie Martinez de Picabia, 22 January 1879 – 30 November 1953) was a French avant-garde painter, poet and typographist. After experimenting with Impressionism and Pointillism, Picabia became associated with Cubism. His highly abstract planar compositions were colourful and rich in contrasts. He was one of the early major figures of the Dada movement in the United States and in France. He was later briefly associated with Surrealism, but would soon turn his back on the art establishment.

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Against the Avant-Garde? Duchamp, Man Ray, Picabia – Part 1: Introduction

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