Moret-sur-Loing, en hiver by Francis Picabia

  • This vibrantly hued landscape is the work of the iconic French artist Francis Picabia
  • The striking scene is a stunning example of his early impressionst style
  • Known as a co-founder of the Dadaist movement, Picabia is renowned for the breadth of his work
  • His deeply influential oeuvre and strong personality continue to resonate in the art world
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Francis Picabia
1878-1953 | French

Moret-sur-Loing, en hiver
(Moret-sur-Loing in Winter)

Signed "Picabia" (lower right)
Oil on canvas

An artist remembered for his irreverence nearly as often as his artistic brilliance, Francis Picabia spent his extraordinary career defying convention. Evocative and avant-garde, his incredible oeuvre reveals the breadth of both his talent and creativity. Though best remembered in the annals of art history as one of the founders of the groundbreaking Dadaist movement, his artistic style ranged broadly throughout his career, from abstraction to photorealism to Impressionism to Classicism. This vibrant oil on canvas dates to his early years as a painter and is a stunning example of his foray into the impressionist style. Brilliantly hued and wildly expressive, the striking work appears to embody the sensational personality of the artist himself.

Painted circa 1907, the work, entitled Moret-sur-Loing, en hiver, represents a period of early exploration for the artist. Having met the two sons of the legendary Impressionist Camille Pissarro in 1902, Picabia eagerly took up his brush to paint his own landscape scenes executed en plein air. Freely composed, Moret-sur-Loing, en hiver is a testament to his mastery over the highly lauded style. Soft pastel shades of pinks and blues intermingle with the more vibrant yellows and greens of the grass, while the bold brush strokes convey the immediacy of the fleeting moment. With a freedom of expression that is unique to his oeuvre, Picabia expertly captures the sensations of the waterscape.

By 1905, Picabia achieved such success with his impressionist works that he began to display the pieces in salons throughout Paris. They were enthusiastically received by critics, who praised Picabia as the next great French landscape master. Even the French government purchased one of his works, which was considered a great honor for such a young painter. Yet, as quickly as he took up the impressionist style, he turned away from it, and by 1908 elements of Fauvism and Cubism began to appear in his painting. His near-constant evolution would continue throughout his career, and his predictably unpredictable canvases have come to define his art more than any single iteration of style.

His free spirit and almost nihilistic attitude towards his art most famously resulted in Dada, the movement he co-founded with Marcel Duchamp and Guillaume Apollinaire. He would later dabble in poetry, graphic art, set design and film. A 2016 retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Francis Picabia: Our Heads Are Round so Our Thoughts Can Change Direction, explored the entire breadth of his influence. As exhibition curator Ann Umland wrote, "The world of art is a richer, more complicated, more unpredictable place because of him." His works are currently held in important public collections worldwide, including Museum of Modern Art and Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York), the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Tate Gallery (London) and the Musée National d'Art Moderne (Paris).

Circa 1907

Canvas: 21 1/2" high x 25 5/8" wide
Frame: 32 3/4" high x 37 1/8" wide

Exposition F. Picabia, Galerie Haussmann, Paris, 1907, number 73 (illustrated under the title “Moret en Hiver”)
Moret-sur-Loing, en hiver by Francis Picabia
Maker: Picabia, Francis
Period: 1816-1918
Origin: France
Type: Paintings
Depth: 3.88 Inches
Width: 37.13 Inches
Height: 32.75 Inches
Style: Impressionism
Canvas Width: 25.625 Inches
Canvas Height: 21.5 Inches

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