L'œuvre Udnie - Centre Pompidou




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Crédit photographique : © Georges Meguerditchian - Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI /Dist. RMN-GP
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À propos de l'œuvre

Francis Picabia (1879 - 1953)


(Jeune fille américaine; Danse)


Huile sur toile

290 x 300 cm

Achat de l'Etat, 1948

Attribution, 1949

Numéro d'inventaire : AM 2874 P

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Description for the presentation 2015-2016 in the National Museum of Modern Art

Udnie was inspired by a dance performance given by the Polish-born actress Stacia Napierkowska on the boat taking Francis Picabia to New York for the Armory Show in 1913. The work combines the decomposition of volumes into planes characteristic of Cubism with the enthusiasm for a world in movement of Italian Futurism. The energy and vitality of the dance find expression in springing arabesque, fragmented coloured planes and the jostling of simplified forms. In the radicalism of its treatment, Udnie marks a decisive step towards the emergence of abstraction in Europe.

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