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Francis Picabia - L'Eglise de Montigny, Effet D'Automne, 1908


Francis Picabia - L'Eglise de Montigny, Effet D'Automne, 1908
Oil on canvas
65 x 81 cm

The post-impressionist painting L'Eglise de Montigny was created in 1908, at a time when Francis Picabia (1879 - 1953) was intensively studying the works of Camille Pissarro (1930 - 1903) and Alfred Sisley (1839 - 1899). With a keen sense of composition and atmospheric effect, Picabia skillfully captured the autumnal scenery in Montigny on canvas. In a pointillist manner, he placed the intense, pastose spots of color next to each other to emphasize the play of lights in the leaves. The bright shades of blue in the sky, the river, and the church form an intense contrast to the predominant brown and green tones of the ground and the trees in the foreground. This color composition allowed Picabia to light up the center of the painting and emphasize the church in the distance. The purple brushstrokes all over the work break with the traditional colors of landscapes and are a sign of Picabia's modernity and virtuosity in the use of colors. L'Eglise de Montigny is a great example of his technical mastery. His post-impressionist paintings created between 1903 and 1908, found their way into several exhibitions at that time and the public and critics were fascinated by his works. Subsequently, shows abroad followed, for example in Berlin, Barcelona and London.

About artist
Francis Picabia
Paris, 1879 — 1953

Francis Picabia, born in Paris in 1879, was probably one of the most versatile modern artists. He himself wrote in 1922: "If you want clean ideas, change them like a shirt." His inventive career spanned almost 50 years, during which he made a name for himself as a painter, poet, publisher, filmmaker and performance artist. During the First World War Picabia was in exile in New York, Barcelona and Switzerland. In this time he published the magazine 391 and the machine became an important subject in his art. After the end of the war, Picabia returned to Paris, where he met with the Dadaists, led by Tristan Tzara. Today, Picabia is best known for his Dadaist works, but his styles ranged from Impressionism to radical abstraction and pseudo-classical painting. Picabia crossed styles and experimented with materials like no other artist of his time. Thus Marcel Duchamp aptly described Picabia's career in 1949 as a "kaleidoscopic series of art experiences."