FRANCIS PICABIA, 1935, oil on canvas

This important Dadaist painter was famous for his intentionally whimsical oeuvre. At first, he instigated some sort of machine cult, realizing his erotic myths about technology. After that, he dedicated himself to a variety of painting styles. He often altered his style, completely abandoning one style for the next. Francis Picabia was referred to as the Columbus of art, but without a compass. His piece Orion concerns the mythological tale of a jealous mother-in-law blinding her all too handsome future son-in-law. The man representing Rodin’s The Thinker bears a remarkable resemblance to André Breton.

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