''Caoutchouc''

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In a specific period of time, there lived a painter with an advance thinking and his art changed the perceptions of art forever. This is his story.

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   In his lifetime, Francis Picabia knew no limits. Who would have known that a baby boy, whose father's ancestors were from the Spanish noble folks and his mother comes from the French bourgeoisie, will later become one of the greatest abstract painters the world has ever known. The painter-to-be was born in 1879, long before the First Great war and finished his walk on life in the 1950s., not even a decade after the Second Great war. But in between, there was a life, full of passion, new ideas, strive, good painting and unique pieces of art that changed the artistic visions forever.

 

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  France. Europe's capital of love was struggling to get back on their feet, after suffering a staggering amount of casualties in the WWI. The economy was at the bottom. In 1920, Francis Picabia was 51 years old. At the age of 15, the French teenager completed his first artistic job. It was an act he himself still remembers- Picabia replaced the paintings of his home with replicas he made himself. Some kind of both forgery and art. It's almost unbelievable how a teen can draw so well that can dare to replace original pieces of high art from home and no one to notice the difference. Years later the truth came into light. His parents were truly amazed and didn't know what to do with their son-to praise him or to punish him. The history is silent here on this matter but as the years are passing, Picabia turned into a handsome young man, rich and free to create art what style he likes. Francis Picabia started with impressionism like many in that time but very soon he will turn his eyes into something unexplored and new. Picabia is like grasshopper, going here and there, creating in different styles until remaining until his end into the modern art.

Although France had to suffer another crushing blow from Germany in WWII, the post-WWI France had a spark to that few cultures have experienced in the 20th century. New artists filled the streets. New ideas have emerged. Slowly, France began to make progress. It was 1926. Within the city of Paris a cultural and artistic revolution have occurred. The first anti-war and a bit later anti-art Dada movement swept everybody away. Picabia joined the movement. It was a magical time for much of France. After the WWI, the people desperately were looking for ways to be happy again. These happy and enchanting times lasted for just several years and with the begin of WWII, the picture and its colors have changed. In 1925, Picabia returned to figurative painting and became a close friend of the modernist novelist Gertrude Stein

 

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  When the Second Great war rises above the horizon, Frances Picabia starts drawing canvases with women on it. His inspiration for that came from the movie posters in 1930s. The figures were meretricious, often naked, but what is curious is that a trader from Algeria sold most of them to owners of brothels. During the Occupation, Nazi and Fascist men often visited such places and everything and everybody were at their service.

 

Francis Picabia will be remembered for living in the ''crazy years'', where the space between world wars will later be recognized as golden and productive, where dreams became real and people knew how to have fun. Picabia will also be remembered with his 127 cars and for creating in 1909, at the age of 30 the first abstract and avant-garde painting, called ''Caoutchouc''

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