Picabia arrived in New York in January 1913 to attend the opening of the Armory Show. He quickly became enamored with the city and decided to extend his stay from several weeks to almost three months. In his hotel near Washington Square Park, he executed a series of abstract watercolors, many of which were based on his impressions of New York and titled after the city. Picabia claimed that they reflected his “new conception of nature,” unmediated by recognizable imagery.
Gallery label from Francis Picabia: Our Heads Are Round so Our Thoughts Can Direction, 2016