Negro Song I

Francis Picabia (French, Paris 1879–1953 Paris)

Watercolor and graphite on paperboard
26 1/8 x 22 in. (66.4 x 55.9 cm)
Credit Line:
Alfred Stieglitz Collection, 1949
Accession Number:
Rights and Reproduction:
© 2011 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Signature: Signed (lower center, in pencil): Picabia
    Inscribed (upper left, in pencil): CHANSON NÈgRE

  • Exhibition History

    Scotland, Edinburgh, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. Picabia: 1879-1953. Cat. p. 58, pl. 4 (ill.)

    Frankfurt, Germany, Galerie Neuendorf, Sept. 28-Nov. 5, 1988

    Paris, Musée du Louvre, "Dessins français du Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. De David à Picasso," 1973-1974, no. 69, repr. #87, pg. 157, 55.

    New York, The Solomon Guggenheim Museum. Francis Picabia. Sept. 17 - Nov. 22, 1970. catalogue by William A. Camfield, no. 27, p. 72 (illus. and bibliography).

    New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art. ¦Drawings from the Alfred Stieglitz Collection¦, September 9-November 12, 1967 (no catalogue, typed checklist only)

    Marseille, France. Musée Cantini. Exhibition of works by Picabia, Mar. 20 - May 15, 1962, no. 22 (ill. and catalogued).

    Chicago. Art Institute. Alfred Stieglitz Exhibition: His Photographs and His Collection, 1948, no. 88.

    New York. Museum of Modern Art. Alfred Stieglitz Exhibition: His Collection, June 10 - Aug. 31, 1947, no. 87.

    New York. The Little Gallery at "291". Picabia Exhibition, 1913, no. 12 or 13 (both called "Negro Song").

    Paris,France: Centre Georges Pompidou, September 22, 2004 -
    January 3, 2005. Music and visual Arts in the 20th Century (Sons et Lumieres). p.153, illus.in color

  • References

    Buffet-Picabia, Gabrielle. Picabia, l'inventeur, in L'Oeil, no. 18, June 1956, p. 35 (ill. in reverse).

    Pearlstein, Philip. The symbolic language of Francis Picabia in Arts, vol. 30, Jan. 1956, p. 37 (our drawing mentioned); p. 42 (ilus).