Picabia, Francis (1879-1953) by Scholes, Robert

Francis Picabia (1879 – 1953) He was born François Marie Martinez Picabia, in Paris, of a Spanish father and a French mother. He was enrolled at the Ecole des Arts Décoratifs in Paris from 1895 to 1897 and later studied with Fernand Cormon, Ferdinand Humbert, and Albert Charles Wallet. His artistic trajectory took him from impression through post-impressionism to fauvism and cubism. He became friendly with Guillaume Apollinaire and and then moved into Dada. In 1913 he had four works in the Armory Show in New York in 1913. In late years his work ranged from representational to abstract, and he rejected both dada and surrealism. In the thirties he was friendly with Gertrude Stein. Marcel Duchamp

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