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Dances at the Spring
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Dances at the Spring

Francis Picabia, French, 1879 - 1953

Made in France, Europe


Oil on canvas

47 7/16 x 47 1/2 inches (120.5 x 120.6 cm) Framed: 49 5/8 x 49 7/8 x 2 inches (126 x 126.7 x 5.1 cm)

© Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

* Gallery 264, European Art 1850-1900, second floor (Women´s Committee Gallery)

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Credit Line:
The Louise and Walter Arensberg Collection, 1950

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The wealthy French-Cuban artist Francis Picabia helped to fund the 1912 Salon de la Section d'Or exhibition, which included thirteen of his paintings, including Dances at the Spring, a work he had completed the spring of that year. The artist took as his inspiration a peasant dance he saw while on his honeymoon in the rugged Italian countryside near Naples. The vivid colors and swirling motion of the two dancing girls, which Picabia fragmented into a dense patchwork of angular planes and faceted forms to create an effect of kaleidoscopic movement, brilliantly capture the excitement of the outdoor festival.

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