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Wool rug after Francis Picabia – “Égoïsme”

Wool rug after Francis Picabia – “Égoïsme”

Wool rug after Francis Picabia (France, 1879 – 1953)

Title: Égoïsme
c.1950
wool rug
210 x 150 cm; 8.89 x 4.92 ft

Signed lower center; signed and inscribed with edition “hors commerce” on verso.

The rug was made after the original oil painting by Francis Picabia in 1947-1950, which is now in the collection of the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam.

Surrealism is often associated with illusionist paintings depicting an impossible reality. But surrealism is above all a way of life based upon absolute freedom of the mind. Picabia is an example of someone who lived such a life. After meeting Duchamp he began to make ‘mecanomorphic’ works; thereafter he changed his style regularly and was both for and against surrealism. And “Égoïsme”, is a masterpiece of Francis Picabia’s late abstract practice.

 

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