Francis PicabiaOtaïti 1930

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Artist
Francis Picabia (1879‑1953)
Title
Otaïti
Date 1930
MediumOil paint and resin on canvas
Dimensionssupport: 1940 x 1303 mm frame: 2170 x 1515 x 108 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased with assistance from the Estate of Andre Deutsch and Tate Members 2005
Reference
T11982

Summary

Otaïti is a striking example of Francis Picabia’s ‘transparencies’, a major body of works the artist made between c.1928 and c.1931. Leading from two figurative series Picabia made during the mid-late 1920s – the Espagnoles, portraying archetypal Spanish women, and the Monsters which traced multi-eyed creatures in heavy black outline – the transparencies moved dramatically away from the iconoclasm of the artist’s Dada period and his earlier mechanomorphic works. In the dream-like tableaux of the transparencies, Picabia referenced imagery ranging from ancient Rome to the Renaissance, often juxtaposing the sacred with the profane… (read more)

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