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Francis Picabia
TRANSPARENCE (DEUX TÊTES)
Estimate
500,000700,000
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307
Francis Picabia
TRANSPARENCE (DEUX TÊTES)
Estimate
500,000700,000
JUMP TO LOT

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Francis Picabia
1879 - 1953
TRANSPARENCE (DEUX TÊTES)
Signed Francis Picabia and dated 1935 (lower right)
Oil on canvas
32 by 25 1/2 in.
81.2 by 64.8 cm
Painted in 1935.
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This work will be included in the forthcoming catalogue raisonné being prepared by the Comité Picabia.

Provenance

Private Collection, Switzerland (acquired circa the 1970s)
Private Collection, Switzerland (by descent from the above and sold: Christie's, London, February 4, 2008, lot 155)
Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

Catalogue Note

The present work belongs to the series of “Transparencies” Picabia executed in the late 1920s and early 1930s, aptly named for their simultaneous depiction of layered transparent images. Picabia began experimenting with illusory superimposition in 1924 for his film Entr’acte and in his Espagnole series. Drawing inspiration from natural phenomena, Romanesque Frescos, Renaissance painting and Catalan art, Picabia used the Transparencies series as a means to complicate the notion of art as a window unto or a reflection of the world; instead, Picabia sought to create a Surreal interplay of imagery that would confound traditional and straightforward readings of art. As theorist David Carrier argues by applying Jacques Lacan’s theories of interpretation, “perception is not a dualistic relation between perceiver and perceived, but a triangular structure in which the three positions are occupied by the subject, the gaze looking at the subject, and the screen, or image, which comes from superimposing the dualistic relationships: subject looking at gaze; gaze looking at subject” (David Carrier, “Art History in the Mirror Stage: Interpreting A Bar at the Folies-Bergère” in 12 Views of Manet’s Bar, Princeton, 1996, p. 82)

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