Francis Picabia, ‘Prostitution Universelle (Universal Prostitution)’, 1916-1917, Yale University Art Gallery

About Francis Picabia

During his early career, Francis Picabia painted in the Impressionist style and exhibited at the Paris salons. However, from 1908 on, elements of Fauvism and Neo-Impressionism, as well as Cubism and other modes of abstraction, would appear in his work; he later joined the Puteaux Group, of which Guillaume Apollinaire, Robert Delaunay, and Marcel Duchamp were members. The year 1915 marked the beginning of Picabia’s “machinist” period, during which he produced works inspired by industrial developments, such as Machine turn quickly (1916–18) and his satirical drawing Universal Prostitution (1916), which was intended to take a jab at bourgeois sexuality. While in Barcelona in 1917, Picabia launched a Dada periodical titled 391 after Alfred Stieglitz’s periodical 291, though he eventually denounced Dada and returned to figurative painting. In the ’40s, his practice took a surprising turn as he began to paint nudes in the style of French glamour magazines, as in Femmes au bull-dog (1942). Picabia was a close friend of the famous art collector and writer Gertrude Stein.

French, 1879-1953, Paris, France, based in Paris, France

Fair History on Artsy

2017
Hauser & Wirth at Frieze Masters 2017
2015
VW (VeneKlasen/Werner) at MiArt 2015
2015
Galerie 1900-2000 at SP-Arte 2015
2015
Michael Werner Gallery at SP-Arte 2015
2014
Galerie 1900-2000 at Art Basel in Miami Beach 2014