1879 - 1953
signed Francis Picabia (lower right)
gouache and oil on board
74.8 by 49cm., 29½ by 19¼in.
Framed: 93.3 by 67.4cm., 36¾ by 26½in.
Executed circa 1918.
The board is stable though very slightly bowed. The work is attached to the inner frame with spacer fillets along all four edges of the verso, and is floating so that the edges of the recto are visible. The edges are slightly uneven in places, especially to the upper part of the right edge. There are some signs of general wear to the board (many of which would have been inherent to the support at the time of execution) and minor surface scratches in places. There is some historic staining to the right edge, most prominently to the lower part. There are some very shallow indentations to the dotted spiral element (possibly relating to the artist rubbing out graphite) and only visible in a raking light. This work is in overall good condition.
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Germaine Everling-Picabia, Cannes & Lausanne
Simone Collinet, Paris (acquired from the above by 1957 and until at least 1975)
Private Collection, Paris
Galerie d'Art Contemporain, Paris (acquired from the above by 1984 and until at least 1985)
Galerie Neuendorf, Frankfurt & Hamburg (acquired by 1986 and until at least 1988)
Waddington Galleries, London (acquired by 1990)
Private Collection (acquired by 1994 and until 1997)
Galerie Piltzer, Paris (acquired by 1997)
Galerie Trigano, Paris (acquired by 2002)
Karen Grieg, Norway (probably acquired from the above in 2002)
Thence by descent to the present owners