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New York by Francis Picabia

    New York by Francis Picabia

    New York by Francis Picabia was created in 1913. The painting is in Museum of Modern Art New York. The size of the work is 55,8 x 75,9 cm and is made of watercolour on board.

    Picabia arrived in New York in January 1913 to attend the opening of the Armory Show. He quickly became enamored with the city and decided to extend his stay from several weeks to almost three months. In his hotel near Washington Square Park, he executed a series of abstract watercolors, many of which were based on his impressions of New York and titled after the city. Picabia claimed that they reflected his “new conception of nature,” unmediated by recognizable imagery. Read more in Museum of Modern Art.

    About the Artist: French avant-garde painter, poet and typographist Francis Picabia was born in Paris. Picabia’s artistic ability was apparent from his youth. In 1894, he copied a collection of Spanish paintings. During the late 1890s, Picabia began to study art under Fernand Cormon and others at École des Arts Decoratifs.

    Early in his career, from 1903 to 1908, Picabia was influenced by the Impressionist paintings of Alfred Sisley. His subject matter included small churches, lanes, roofs of Paris, riverbanks, wash houses, and barges. From 1909, his style changed as he came under the influence of a group of artists soon to be called Cubists. Picabia continued his involvement in the Dada movement through 1919 in Zürich and Paris, before breaking away from it after developing an interest in Surrealist art. Read more

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