Francis Picabia (1879 – 1953) was a French avant-garde painter and poet. He lived through and experimented with Impressionism, Pointillism, Cubism, and was an early figure in Dada movement.
Picabia studied at 104 boulevard de Clichy, where Van Gogh had also studied. From the age of 20,he lived by painting. In the beginning of his career from 1903 to 1908, he was influenced by the impressionist painting of Alfred Sisley. From 1909, he came under the influence of those that would soon be called cubists. Around 1911 Piacabia joined Puteaux group, members met at the studio of Jacques Villon in Puteaux. There he met with and became friends with Marcel Duchamp, Fernard Leger, and Jean Metzinger.
In 1922, Andre Breton relaunced Litterature Magazine with cover images by Picabia. In 1925 Picabia returned to figurative painting.
Major museums around the world hold Picabia’s work. Those museums include Museum of Modern Art, Solomon R, Guggenheim Museum in New York, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Tate Gallery London, Musee National d’ Art Moderne Paris, etc. His paintings are sold at millions of dollas.