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Francis Picabia
1879 - 1953年
SURIMPRESSION MADONNE
Signed Francis Picabia (lower center)
Oil on board
19 3/4 by 14 3/4 in.
50 by 37.7 cm
Painted circa 1936-38.
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This work will be included in the forthcoming catalogue raisonné being prepared by the Comité Picabia.

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Bertrand Davezac, Houston
Sale: Christie's, New York, February 17, 1982, lot 56
Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

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Following his experimentation with Dada and abstraction, Picabia turned away from the aesthetic of shock toward a kind of “renaissance," creating figurative images of mysterious, contemplative beauty. The present work belongs to the famed series known as Transparences which Picabia executed in the late 1920s and early 1930s, which derived their name from multiple layers of overlapping imagery. Despite the wealth of artistic, cultural and natural references, the meanings of these compositions remain deliberately obscure, their power lying in their evocative beauty and elegance of execution. Simultaneously transparent and opaque, works from the series are manipulated by Picabia in scale and orientation in such a way as to create a seemingly impenetrable allegory with characteristics of a dream or a mystic vision. Picabia's Transparences also draw their inspiration from Romanesque frescos and Renaissance painting. Rich in allusions, they combine their varied images into compositions of great harmony.

Surimpression—Madonne is a dynamic representation of the Virgin Mary. Radically depicted, May is is layered with a pared-down sinuous figure with luscious red lips and hypnotic yet sympathetic eyes. The layered image suggests the complexity of Mary’s femininity and her biblical role at large, a question first explored during the Italian Renaissance. In discussing Picabia’s re-interpretation of the art of the Old Masters, critics have compared his paintings to those of Pablo Picasso, often incorrectly characterizing Picabia as Picasso’s follower. Maria-Lluïsa Borràs, however, argues that it was Picabia who pioneered this style, stating “Picabia was in fact anticipating by over fifteen years the Picasso who was to take as his theme works by Cranach, Altdorfer, Poussin and Courbet—or the Picasso of the fifties who, before the adoring eyes of the specialists, was to transform the works of El Greco, Delacroix, Velázquez and even Manet in ways not fundamentally different from that used by Picabia in the twenties” (Maria-Lluïsa Borràs, Picabia, New York, 1985, p. 292; see fig. 1).

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