Topic: Picabia painting

Hi,

My father-in-law, a hobbyist art collector come across an interesting painting at a flea market. It is a cubist painting signed as 'Picabia', on pretty old canvas, framed in the 50's. It's size is about 8cm x 13cm.

I'm attaching a photo of the picture to this post. Would you be so kind and take a look at it? We would like to know more about this picture, and I'm sure that you have the knowledge to help us.

Thanks in advance for any help!

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Re: Picabia painting

Hello Tamas,
    There are two artists I know of with the name Picabia - Francis Picabia, a famous cubist, and Maria Picabia, who I am guessing might have been his daughter?  The painting you've linked seems to be either a Francis Picabia, or a fake Francis Picabia.

I am in no way an expert on his works, but looking through the ones we have on our site, I don't see a good match either in terms of style or signature. I can't find one where the signature matches the fat lettering and the dot of the "i" inside the loop of the "P" like you have here. So I wonder if it's a fake, but that's just my amateur guess.

The people to contact would be the Picabia Committee, aka "Comité Picabia" in France. They have a site here:
http://www.picabia.com/index_ev.htm

For some interesting background reading, here is an article that discusses the crazy history of Picabia fakes and the contentious work of the Comité Picabia itself: http://www.artnet.com/Magazine/features … -16-02.asp

Sorry I don't have a better answer, but if you read that article you'll find that even the "experts" often don't have a clear answer on Picabia's paintings.

Good luck, and let us know what you find out!

-- Chris

Re: Picabia painting

Thanks Chris! I will try to contact the Comité.