Francis-Marie Martinez de Picabia, born January 22, 1879 in Paris and died November 30, 1953 in the same city, is a French painter, graphic designer and writer close to the Dada and surrealist movements. He studied at the School of Fine Arts and at the National School of Decorative Arts. At that time, he supported himself illegally by making forgeries of his father's collection which he sold as originals.

From 1903 to 1908, influenced by the painters of Barbizon, he rubbed shoulders with Alfred Sisley and Camille Pissaro. His watercolor, Rubber, is considered one of the founding works of abstract art. He is part of a group of cubists which includes Marcel Duchamp and Jean Metzinger. Around this time, he moved to New York and befriended Man Ray. He then became a devoted Dadaist and switched from colorful cubist paintings to representations of mechanical objects.

At the beginning of the 1920s, he denounced and abandoned Dadaism, of which he had nevertheless actively participated in the propaganda alongside André Breton, to participate in the surrealist movement then in full swing. "I invented Dadaism as a man sets fire around him, in a fire that wins, so as not to be burned," he said in 1947.

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