Francis Picabia New York 1913

  • MoMA, Floor 5, 503 The Alfred H. Barr, Jr. Galleries

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
Gouache, watercolor, and pencil on paper
22 x 29 7/8" (55.8 x 75.9 cm)
The Joan and Lester Avnet Collection
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© 2024 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
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[Marcel Duchamp. By 1926]
Friedrich Vordemberge-Gildewart, Stuttgart, Germany. By 1967
Auction, Moderne Kunst, Galerie Wolfgang Ketterer, Munich, May 17-18, 1968
Allan Frumkin Gallery, New York. Purchased at Ketterer auction, May 18, 1968 - December 1968
Joan and Lester Avnet. Purchased from Allan Frumkin Gallery, December 1968 – 1978
The Museum of Modern Art, New York. The Joan and Lester Avnet Collection, 1978

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