French avant-garde artist, graphic artist and writer-publicist. Francis Picabia gained fame as an eccentric artist who does not obey any political or stylistic dogma. He had a great influence on contemporary art, in particular, on Dadaism and surrealism. Francis Picabia was distinguished by a flexible, sociable character and extremely changeable, choleric temperament. Sharp changes in the state and creative tone sometimes broke into protracted depressions or attacks of neurasthenic outbursts of anger, manifested, as a rule, in a family setting. Throughout his life, Picabia has changed his creative style many times, as well as personal and aesthetic predilections. Perhaps, in this respect, he can be recognized as almost the champion.
If to recount all the transformations of his style, direction, manner of writing and even ideology, there will be no less than seven (and even ten) sharp turns. Perhaps in this respect, Francis Picabia surpasses even his more famous contemporary and friend, Pablo Picasso.
The bright "mechanomorphic" drawings of Francis Picabia are full of provocation, Dadaist outrage and sarcasm, they demonstrate both the senselessness and power of human perception, capable of implanting real images in any, most abstract or absurd form. These works of Picabia that seem to be the closest and correspond to his creative individuality, which paradoxically directly manifested itself in his life and in his work.
Francis Picabia, by the character and the way of his life, has always been a pronounced jouyr and bon vivant. A fan of the beautiful life and pleasures, always advertised in tourist avenues (beautiful women, racing cars, private yachts, beach villas, sunny beaches, etc. ...), Picabia, after his "critical fiftieth anniversary" ended up by starting openly earn money and transfer your big name to "cash". In the last period of his life, he moved to conditional and almost glamorous painting, which served immediate commercial profit, but completely devoid of the power and originality inherent in his talent in his youth.
He died in Paris in 1953.