Francis Picabia, ‘Tête de Femme à La Main’, ca. 1940, Benjamin Sebban Fine Art

This work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by Pierre Calté of the Comité Picabia, dated Paris, 20 March 2002, numbered 2474 and stating that the work is to be included in the forthcoming Catalogue Raisonné de l'Oeuvre de Francis Picabia.

Signature: "Francis Picabia" on the lower right corner.

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

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