Francis Picabia

Résonateur (Resonator), c. 1922

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Picabia played a pivotal role in modern art as a Dada provocateur in the avant-garde circles of Paris, New York, and Barcelona in the 1910s and ’20s. His sardonic mechanical portraits steeped in sexual innuendo portray man as a dysfunctional machine with loose gears and missing parts. In Résonateur—one of Picabia’s most characteristic Dada works—rudimentary lines, coils, and letters suggest a cavity resonator, a hollow metallic container for electromagnetic waves.

Medium Gouache and ink on composition board
Credit Line Grey Art Gallery, New York University Art Collection
Donor Gift of Frank J. Bradley
Object ID 1958.3

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Collection Years: c. 1922