Lucie Desnos

Artist:
Francis Picabia (French, Paris 1879–1953 Paris)
Date:
ca. 1940–41
Medium:
Oil on cardboard
Dimensions:
19 x 14 1/2 in. (48.3 x 36.8 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Purchase, Estate of Edna H. Sachs, by exchange, and Anonymous Gift, 1983
Accession Number:
1983.455
Rights and Reproduction:
© 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Not on view
Inscription: Signed (lower right): Francis Picabia
the artist, Paris (until d. 1953); his widow Olga Picabia, Paris (1953–82; sold in 1982 to Boone and Werner); [Mary Boone and Michael Werner Gallery, New York, 1982–83; sold by Boone to MMA]

New York. Mary Boone / Michael Werner Gallery. "Francis Picabia," September 10–October 22, 1983, unnumbered cat. (as "Portrait of Madame Desnos [Kiki]").

Karuizawa. Museum of Modern Art, Seibu Takanawa. "Francis Picabia," July 21–September 5, 1984, no. 63 (as "Mme Robert Desnos [portrait]," ca. 1938.

Tokyo. Seibu Museum of Art. "Francis Picabia," September 9–October 21, 1984, no. 63.

Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art. "Picasso and the School of Paris: Paintings from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York," September 14–November 24, 2002, no. 69 (dated 1940).

Tokyo. Bunkamura Museum of Art. "Picasso and the School of Paris: Paintings from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York," December 7, 2002–March 9, 2003, no. 69.

Robert Rosenblum. Francis Picabia. Exh. cat., Mary Boone / Michael Werner Gallery. New York, 1983, unpaginated, ill. (color), dates it 1941–42; identifies the sitter as the wife of the Surrealist writer Robert Desnos.

[Herbert] Schuldt. Francis Picabia. Exh. cat., Städtische Kunsthalle Düsseldorf. Cologne, 1983, pp. XLI, 182, no. 132, ill. p. 126, calls it "Portrait"; dates it about 1941–42 in the text and 1940–42 in the checklist; erroneously locates it with the Galerie Michael Werner, Cologne.

Maria Lluïsa Borràs. Picabia. New York, 1985, p. 530, no. 738, fig. 947, calls it "Portrait" and dates it 1940–41.