Francis Picabia Alarm Clock 1919

Artwork details

Artist
Francis Picabia 1879–1953
Title
Alarm Clock
Réveil Matin
Date 1919
Medium Ink on paper
Dimensions Support: 318 x 230 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 2011
Reference
T13345
Not on display

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Picabia associated himself with the subversive, anti-rational Dada movement, and made this work during a visit to Zurich when he first met fellow Dadaists Tristan Tzara and Jean Arp. In inking-up the cogs of a clock (a key Swiss product), Picabia undermined the rational measuring of time upon which the social order was based. Conversation, made three years later, also links the measurable (the carefully delineated stripes) and the sensual (the nude female torsos).

July 2011

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