7 May 2009
Property from a Private Chicago Collection
Francis Picabia (1878-1953)
La victoire française
signed and dated 'Francis Picabia 31 Décembre 1940' (lower left)
watercolor, charcoal and pencil with white heightening on paper laid down on board
16 3/8 x 12¼ in. (41.6 x 31.1 cm.)
Executed on 31 December 1940
Gabriele Bailly Picabia, Paris.
Private collection, Chicago (acquired from the above, by 1969).
By descent from the above to the present owners.
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M. Lluïsa Borràs, Picabia, New York, 1985, p. 531, no. 750 (illustrated, p. 434, fig. 929; titled Woman with a howitzer, dated 1941).
The Comité Picabia has confirmed the authenticity of this work.
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