At 15 years old, Picabia replaced his family’s art collection with his own convincing copies.
Portrait of Francis Picabia, published in Guillaume Apollinaire, Les Peintres cubistes, 1913.
He owned 127 cars over the course of his life.
Although he’s best known for his Dada works, Picabia began his career as a celebrated Impressionist.
Left: Francis Picabia, Notre Dame, The Effect Of Sunlight, 1906. © Francis Picabia. Right: Francis Picabia, Adam et Ève (Adam and Eve), 1911. Image courtesy of MoMA, New York.
Some historians credit him with the first abstract painting.
He didn’t stop with Cubism—Picabia was also one of the founding fathers of Dada.
Several of his later works ended up on the walls of North African brothels.
The Van Cleef & Arpels Frivole Collection