Têtes-paysage

A work made of oil on canvas.
© 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.

Date:

1928

Artist:

Francis Picabia
French, 1879–1953

About this artwork

Têtes-paysage (Heads-landscape) belongs to Picabia’s “Transparency” series, a group of works so named for the artist’s use of multilayered, transparent images. In the dreamlike tableaux of the transparencies, Picabia referenced visual sources ranging from ancient Rome to the Renaissance, often juxtaposing the sacred with the profane. These works draw on mythology, religion, and conventions of beauty and, in their blending of the unexpected, project a distinctly Surrealist sensibility. As much as they reflect the traditional world, however, they also mirror modern times: indeed, Picabia derived his simultaneous, nonhierarchical use of images from his experiments in film, especially his 1924 masterpiece with René Clair, Entr’acte.

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Modern Art

Artist

Francis Picabia

Title

Têtes-paysage

Origin

France

Date

1928

Medium

Oil on canvas

Inscriptions

Signed, l.l.: "Francis Picabia"

Dimensions

23 3/4 × 32 in. (60.3 × 81.2 cm)

Credit Line

Gift of Mary and Leigh Block

Reference Number

1966.476

Copyright

© 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

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