Francis Picabia (1979-1953)
Property from the Collection of a Prominent Baltimore Family
Francis Picabia (1979-1953)

Nature morte à la soupière

Francis Picabia (1979-1953)
Nature morte à la soupière
signed 'Picabia' (lower right)
oil on canvas
28 7/8 x 36 3/8 in. (73.3 x 92.4 cm.)
Painted circa 1908
M.L. Borràs, Picabia, New York, 1985, p. 505, no. 72 (illustrated, p. 85, fig. 183).
Paris, Galerie Georges Petit, Exposition de tableaux par F. Picabia, March 1909.
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Please note the correct title for this work is Nature morte à la soupière and it was painted circa 1908.

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The Comité Picabia has confirmed the authenticity of this painting.

Picabia's early neo-impressionist works, initially directed by the Impressionism of Claude Monet, Alfred Sisley and Camille Pissarro, were soon refined by a greater interest in form and composition. While the artist is most renowned for his dada and surrealist works, he is exceptional in that these early impressionist paintings were not merely a passing phase but rather a major period that found success and recognition among his peers.

According to William A. Camfield, "Through mid-1908, Picabia oscillated between objective and subjective modes of Impressionism, but in the autumn of 1908 both were supplanted by a third mode which may be described as neo-impressionist. As was his custom, Picabia revisited his old sites, this time reducing the composites to more simplified forms which are ranged in planes parallel to the picture surface and rendered with a system of uniformly size, brick-like brushstrokes. These features, reminiscent of the contemporary work of that proselytizing neo-impressionist Paul Signac, transmit a stronger sensation of structure, order and permanence. But in contrast to Signac, Picabia remains more concerned about the specific site, and his bright palette suggests less interest in neo-impressionist color theory than a concern for the blazing, natural light of the Midi and the influence of Fauvism" (Francis Picabia, His Art, Life and Times, Princeton, 1979, p. 13).

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