Ink, crayon, watercolor on paper
Sheet: 74.9 x 54 cm (29 1/2 x 21 1/4 inches)
Gift of Bayard Ewing 1991.102
Francis Picabia was already associated with the Dada movement in Paris and New York in 1915 when he first developed his machinist imagery. He based many of his drawings and paintings directly on mechanical drawings found in magazines such as La Science et la Vie (Science and Life). His celebratory embrace of the machine was an anti-art gesture in keeping with the Dada movement’s response to World War I. Picabia pushed the boundaries of what could be considered high art and challenged the idea of originality in art. Aviation is from a body of work created about 1922 for an exhibition at the Galerie Dalmau, Barcelona. Andre Breton (1896-1966), writer and founder of the Surrealist movement, was the sheet’s first owner.