09 May 2008

Some cheerful Francis Picabia paintings


David Cauchi said...

Especially the girl type ones!

Anonymous said...

I have a hard time believing that second one is a Picabia painting. I had no idea he did that kind of painting. But I like it. And the chicks are hot. Too bad they're all probably dead and no longer hot. "Remember you are going to die!
Existence is futile!"

David Cauchi said...

These are just two phases (out of many) of Picabia's career, from just before and at the start of World War I and during World War II respectively.

The nudes are ripped off from pin-up magazines, but there's a lot more to them than that.

I'm planning to write something called 'Why Francis Picabia is the best artist of the 20th century' that will go into it in more detail.

I'm not sure when I'll be able to get to this though. I've got quite a lot else on at the moment, and something else to write first. Man, I'm glad I've got my show finished.

Anonymous said...

Are you familiar with two of Mattisses phases that were a bit unusual for him? One is known as his "Renoir Period" which lasted from 1943 to 1944- I don't much care for this one. BUT, he also had a phase known as the "Vache Period" which lasted from 1947 to 1948. These are probably my favorite Mattisse paintings of all, yet he was savaged at the time for them. I think the pressure of the market and his wife got to him and he stopped making them- but I think these were some of his favorite paintings as well. Really extraordinary stuff.

Mr Stephen Rowe said...

"Especially the girl type ones!"


I was pissed at the time - like you!

Anyway I stand by the comment.

David Cauchi said...

One of the many things I like about Picabia is that, even when later in life he was savaged by the critics and completely dependent on selling paintings to live, he resolutely kept going his own way and painted what he wanted, not what would be accepted and sell.

Oh, and Steve, the italics were meant to indicate tone of voice and emphasis, not highlight your drunken spelling. As you say, I can hardly talk!

Anonymous said...

Oooooops. I said Mattisse when I meant Magritte!

Rose said...

Good painter of breasts. Up there with Liz Maw, eh, what?!

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