Francis Picabia
(1879-1953)

Died aged 74

Francis Picabia (French: [fʁɑ̃sis pikabja]; born Francis-Marie Martinez de Picabia, 22 January 1879 – 30 November 1953) was a French avant-garde painter, poet and typographist. After experimenting with Impressionism and Pointillism, Picabia became associated with Cubism. His highly abstract planar compositions were colourful and rich in contrasts. He was one of the early major figures of the Dada movement in the United States and in France. He was later briefly associated with Surrealism, but would soon turn his back on the art establishment.

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Dans l'effervescence créatrice des années 1920, l'hôtel Istria accueillit, entre autres artistes, Francis Picabia, Marcel Duchamp, Moïse Kisling, peintres, Man Ray, photographe, Kiki de Montparnasse, modèle et égérie, Erik Satie, compositeur, Rainer Maria Rilke, Tristan Tzara, Vladimir Maïakovski, poètes, et Louis Aragon qui y rejoignait Elsa Triolet. "Ne s'éteint que ce qui brilla ... Lorsque tu descendais de l'hôtel Istria, Tout était différent Rue Campagne Première, En mil neuf cent vingt neuf , vers l'heure de midi ..." Louis Aragon (Il ne m'est Paris que d'Elsa.)

English translation: In the creative effervescence of the 1920s, Hotel Istria welcomed, among other artists, Francis Picabia, Marcel Duchamp, Moïse Kisling, painters, Man Ray, photographer, Kiki de Montparnasse, model and mighty, Erik Satie, composer, Rainer Maria Rilke, Tristan Tzara, Vladimir Maiakovski, poets, and Louis Aragon who joined there Elsa Triolet. “Only that which shone... When you came down from the Hotel Istria, Everything was different in Rue Campagne Première, in 1929, around noon...” Louis Aragon (I'm Paris only from Elsa.)

29 rue Campagne-Première, Paris, France where they worked