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French Artist: Francis Picabia

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David Johnson

on 20 April 2010

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Transcript of French Artist: Francis Picabia

Francis Picabia was a
French painter and poet Born in Paris of a French mother and a Spanish-Cuban father... His mother died of tuberculosis when he was 7 years old... Picabia studied under Fernand Cormon and others at Ecole des Arts Decoratifs. Born on January 22, 1877.... He was an only child... A year after his mother dies, his grandmother dies also, leaving him alone with his father... In the beginning of his career from 1903 to 1908, he was influenced by the impressionist paintings by Alfred Sisley... Around 1911 he joined the Peteaux Group, which met at the studio of Jacques Villon in Peteaux... In 1913 Picabia was the only member of the Cubist group to personally attend the Armory show, and Alfred Stieglitz Gave him a solo exhibition at his gallery.... From 1913 to 1915 Picabia traveled to New York several times and took active part in the avant-garde movements, introducing modern art to America... In 1916, in Barcelona Picabia started his well-known Dada periodical 391, modeled on Stieglitz's own perodical.... Picabia continued the Dada Movement through 1919 in Zunich and Paris.. In 1921 he made an appearance in the Rene Clair surrealist film, Entracte, firing a cannon from a rooftop... The film served as an intermission piece for his avant-garde ballet, Relache which was premiered at the theatre des Champs-Elysees. In 1925 he returned to figurative painting... In the 1940's he moved to the south of France where his work took a suprising turn... Before the end of WWII, he returned to Paris where he resumed with his abstract paintings and writing poetry... A large retrospective of his work was held at the Galerie Rene Drouin, in Paris, in 1949... In 2003, a single Picabia painting
once owned by Andre Breton,
sold for 1.6 million ...he produced paintings based on the nude glamour photos from French "Girlie" magazines like, Paris "Sex-Appeal." Francis Picabia Died on November 30, 1953, and was interred in the Cimetiere de Montmarte...
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