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Property from a Distinguished Private European Collection

Francis Picabia

Le Mexicain

Auction Closed

June 30, 02:45 PM GMT


300,000 - 500,000 GBP

Lot Details


Property from a Distinguished Private European Collection

Francis Picabia

1879 - 1953

Le Mexicain

signed Francis Picabia (lower left)

oil on panel 

109.9 by 100.3cm., 43¼ by 39½in.

Framed: 133.7 by 124.5cm., 52⅝ by 49in.

Painted circa 1937.

Suzanne Romain, Paris & Nice (the artist's lover; a gift from the artist before 1953 and until 1990)

Didier Imbert Fine Art, Paris (acquired by 1991)

Sale: Christie’s, South Kensington, 30th June 2000, lot 128

Sale: Sotheby’s, London, 24th June 2003, lot 202

Purchased at the above sale by the present owner

Maria Lluïsa Borràs, Picabia, Barcelona, 1985, no. 877, illustrated in colour p. 413 (titled Le petit Mexicain & with incorrect medium)

Olga Mohler Picabia, Album Picabia, Turin, 1975, illustrated in photographs of the artist's studio pp. 105 & 106

William A. Camfield, Beverly Calté, Candace Clements, Arnaud Pierre & Pierre Calté, Francis Picabia Catalogue Raisonné, vol. III, New Haven & London, 2019, no. 1411, illustrated in color p. 356

Cannes, La Galerie Serguy, Exposition Picabia, 1938
Paris, Galerie Colette Allendy, Francis Picabia: 5 Tableaux et 60 Dessins; Transparencies - Surimpressions, 1947
Paris, Galeries nationales du Grand Palais, Francis Picabia, 1976, no. 214, illustrated in the catalogue
Düsseldorf, Städtische Kunsthalle & Stockholm, Moderna Museet, Francis Picabia, 1983-84, no. 118 (Düsseldorf), illustrated in the catalogue, no. 106 (Stockholm)
Madrid, Salas Pablo Ruiz Picasso del Ministerio de Cultura & Barcelona, Fundació Caixa de Pensions, Francis Picabia, Exposición antològica, 1985, no. 125, illustrated in colour in the catalogue
Paris, Musée National d'Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Francis Picabia: Collection Suzanne Romain, 1990
Paris, Didier Imbert Fine Art, Picabia, 1990, no. 59, illustrated in colour in the catalogue
Nice, Musée d'Art Moderne et d'Art Contemporain, Picabia et La Côte d'Azur, 1991, no. 65, illustrated in colour in the catalogue
Lisbon, Centro Cultural de Belém, Francis Picabia antologia/ anthology, 1997, no. 83, illustrated in colour in the catalogue