Francis Picabia. Dances at the Spring [II]. Saint Cloud, spring or summer 1912

Francis Picabia Dances at the Spring [II] Saint Cloud, spring or summer 1912

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Picabia wrote the title Dances at the Spring in French along the top right edge of this painting, providing viewers with a key to its highly abstracted subject matter. For Picabia, dance, along with music, provided an important model of an art form detached from photographic realism. Two semi-legible dancing figures are rendered in predominantly angular, crudely faceted, ruddy earth-tone color planes. Dances at the Spring was included in the landmark Armory Show in New York in 1913 and was later purchased by an American collector. According to a contemporaneous article in the New York Tribune, it was “most likely the first canvas of the ultra-moderns to find a permanent place in America.”

Gallery label from Francis Picabia: Our Heads Are Round so Our Thoughts Can Change Direction, 2016
Oil on canvas
8' 3 1/8" x 8' 2" (251.8 x 248.9 cm)
Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Collection, given by their family
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© 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
Painting and Sculpture

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1914 - 1915 (?), Francis Picabia, Paris.

[1915, Little Gallery of the Photo Secession, a.k.a. “291” (Alfred Stieglitz & Marius de Zayas), and/or Modern Gallery (Marius de Zayas), New York.]

1915 (?), Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer, Washington, D.C., and Mount Kisco, N.Y., probably acquired from Marius de Zayas.

1974, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, acquired as gift from Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer's family.

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