Sunday, February 26, 2017

Art: The Pleasure Of Seeing Picabia @ MoMa New York

(Drivebycuriosity) - Francis Picabia is one of my favorite artists. The French (1879 -1953) was a chameleon of art. He employed very different styles and became quickly a master in them. Picabia - who called himself "the funny guy" - was a provocateur and used his ample talents to make fun of the world around him.

New York`s Museum of Modern Art (MoMa) has now a comprehensive Picabia exhibition, called "Our Heads Are Round so Our Thoughts Can Change Direction" (Through March 19  moma ). The show surveys his developments over the years. I really love the paintings and display here my favorites from the show, a very subjective selections as usual (shot with an iPhone 7 plus). But, if you are in New York or nearby - go there!

Above some images from Picabia´s early impressionist phase. Contrary to the common approach he didn`t go out into the nature to capture his impressions, instead he used postcards as models for his paintings.

Above some of his early abstracts, including "La Source/The Spring" (1912, oil on canvas).

Above more abstracts.

Above some of his works which was shown in the salons of Paris "La Nuit espagnole/The Spanish Night" (1922, enamel paint and oil on canvas) followed by "Dresseur d’animaux/Animal Trainer" (1923, enamel paint on canvas).

Above some works from his surrealist phase when he used pasta (noodles) for trees and matches for hair.

A view onto his figurative phase. The paintings above are based on magazines.

Above more magazine paintings.

At the end of his life Picabia came back to abstracts and declared "figurative is dead". Above an example.


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