Francis Picabia

Funny Guy

December 10, 2009 – January 23, 2010

Untitled
1948
oil on canvas
24 1/4 x 19 3/4 inches
61.6 x 49.8 cm

Autoportrait
1922
ink on paper
9 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches
24 x 19 cm

Portrait of Man Ray
1925
ink and graphite on paper
10 3/4 x 8 inches
27.3 x 20.3 cm

Mecanique
c. 1919-1920
India ink on paper
8 1/2 x 7 inches
21.5 x 18 cm

French Can-Can
c. 1942-1943
oil on board
41 3/4 x 30 inches
106 x 76 cm

Untitled
c. 1940
pencil on paper
6 3/4 x 3 1/4 inches
17.3 x 8.1 cm

Chevre
1925-1927
watercolor and pencil on paper
5 1/4 x 6 3/4 inches
13.3 x 17.1 cm

Homme debout
c. 1930
pencil on paper
10 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches
26.5 x 21.5 cm

Femme nue
c. 1938
oil on board
28 3/4 x 20 1/2 inches
72.8 x 58 cm

Le Souper sinistre
c. 1948-1949
pencil on paper
8 1/4 x 10 1/2 inches
31 x 27 cm

Untitled
c. 1948-1949
ink on paper
10 3/4 x 9 1/2 inches
27.5 x 24.5 cm

Nurse and swordsman
c. 1927
pencil on paper
9 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches
24.3 x 21.5 cm

Couple de vieillards
c. 1939-1941
oil on board
41 1/4 x 30 inches
105 x 76.5 cm

Untitled
1949
colored ink on paper
11 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches
29 x 21 cm

La Joie de vivre
1949
ink on paper
11 1/4 x 8 1/4 inches
28.8 x 20.8 cm

Untitled
1949
ink on paper
11 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches
29 x 21 cm

Les Oiseaux a Geneve
1949
ink on paper
10 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches
26.7 x 21 cm

Geneses
c. 1928-1932
oil on canvas
45 3/4 x 33 1/2 inches
116 x 85 cm

Les deux amies
c. 1945-1946
pencil on paper
9 1/2 x 14 inches
24.5 x 35.3 cm

Villejuif
1951
oil on canvas
24 x 19 3/4 inches
61.4 x 50 cm

Etude pour Colloque
c. 1948-1949
ink on paper
8 1/4 x 10 1/2 inches
21 x 26.7 cm

Estropie
c. 1923-1927
India ink and colored pencil on paper
8 1/4 x 7 inches
21 x 17.5 cm

Angelot
c. 1926-1927
pencil and watercolor on paper
9 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches
24.2 x 18.8 cm

Suzanne
c. 1945
oil on board
36 1/4 x 28 3/4 inches
92 x 73 cm

Ange
1950
ink, watercolor, and pencil on cardboard
12 3/4 x 10 1/2 inches
32.4 x 26.3 cm

Personnage a la scie
1950
pencil on paper
12 3/4 x 10 1/2 inches
32.5 x 26.3 cm

Cannes
c. 1940-1942
watercolor and pencil on paper
19 x 24 3/4 inches
49 x 63.5 cm

Paysage
c. 1939-1943
oil on board
6 x 4 1/4 inches
15.2 x 11 cm
Private Collection

Les Oliviers
c. 1938
oil on board mounted on canvas
21 1/2 x 25 1/2 inches
54.5 x 65 cm

Press Release

The Tibor de Nagy Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of paintings and works on paper by the iconoclastic French artist Francis Picabia. This marks the gallery's first exhibition of the artist's work. The show concentrates on Picabia's later work from the mid 1930s to the early 1950s.

Never adhering to one particular stylistic movement for long, he instead forged his own path that would eventually wind its way through Impressionism, Cubism, Dadaism, Surrealism and Abstraction. The exhibition presents paintings of landscapes, nudes painted from popular images, and late abstractions.

Picabia's fascination with popular culture and the dichotomy between low versus high art has made him an increasingly relevant artist for much of what is being produced today. Among those influenced by his idiosyncratic manner are Sigmar Polke, David Salle, Julian Schnabel and John Currin.

The gallery has long championed artists that defy easy labels and are therefore often misunderstood or overlooked. Picabia certainly fits into this category with his wide range of styles and subject matter, and the fact that his work has always been difficult to define. In recent years however, interest has grown in the artist's work, which has enjoyed a renewed consideration by museums and scholars.

Picabia was born in 1879 in Paris to an aristocratic family. Their independent wealth and his subsequent inheritances allowed him to pursue his artistic endeavors and liberated him from subscribing to any particular style of art. As a teenager he attended the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs and 104 Boulevard de Clichy in Paris, the latter of which boasted such distinguished graduates as Van Gogh and Toulouse-Lautrec. Picabia spent the rest of his life as a working artist.