Francis Picabia "M'Amenez-y" Paris, November 1919 - January 1920

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This work delivers a barrage of puns, transforming the language of fine art into one far less refined. The inscription at the top, Portrait a l’huile de Ricin! (Portrait with castor oil), connects castor oil, a foul-smelling substance, with l’huile de lin (linseed oil), the binder used in oil paint. Another inscription reads Ratelier d’artiste (False teeth of the artist), a play on atelier d’artiste (artist’s studio). Peinture crocodile (Crocodile painting) associates art with the hypocrisy of crocodile tears.

Gallery label from 2011.
Oil and enamel paint on cardboard
50 3/4 x 35 3/8" (129.2 x 89.8 cm)
Helena Rubinstein Fund
Object number
© 2024 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
Painting and Sculpture

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Francis Picabia, Paris.

Gabrielle Buffet-Picabia (the painter's wife).

1930s - 1966, Jean (Hans) Arp (1886-1966), acquired by exchange with Gabrielle Buffet-Picabia.

1966 - 1968, Estate of Jean Arp / Marguerite Hagenbach Arp (Jean Arp's widow), Clamart, France, and Locarno-Solduno, Switzerland, inherited from Jean Arp.

1968, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, purchased from Madame Jean Arp.

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