In an interview he gave to the Journal des Arts in 1945, Picabia explained his new motivations. He declared, "I must know what painting thinks, what painting feels, which means feeling 'colors,' loving 'lines,' living 'shapes'... and all this is the result of a long history. It is the result of a perpetual personal quest related to the work of an artisan which is also that of an artist which leads me to the point where, from a new 'technique,' a new 'style' emerges" (quoted in William A. Camfield, ibid., p. 263). To the question "What does one see in your current works?" he replied: "Everyone sees something different and may even see something else each day according to his state of mind... each painting is for me a drama, passing through each stage of my previous creations, superimposed shapes and transparencies, to continue to aim to reach that elusive but ecstatic moment where I know that I have grasped the unattainable, the real" (quoted in Francis Picabia, singulier idéal (exhibition catalogue), ibid., p. 384).
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