The Comité Picabia was founded in 1990 by Olga Picabia. Its vocation is to safeguard the work of Francis Picabia through archive conservation and authentification of artworks in view of publishing his catalogue raisonné.
Francis Picabia research
The Comité Picabia would be grateful to receive information, photographs and documentation from all owners of works by Francis Picabia.
Comité Picabia meeting
We would like to inform you that our next meeting is scheduled
on October 20, 2022
If you wish to submit works, please send an image and description using our contact form.
Though this be madness,
yet there is method in't
-Shakespeare, Hamlet (ActeII, Scène II)
We project a four-volume publication, organized chronologically and covering all artistic media.
The chronological rage of each is as follows: volume I (1890s-1914); volume II (1915-1927); volume III (1927-1939) et volume IV (1940-1953).
These volumes will be published one at a time with a representative sample of Picabia's works on paper in each.
The majority of the drawings and prints, however, along with the paintings accepted for the catalogue after the publication of the initial four volumes, will be reserved for an annex volume.
We have striven to make this catalogue as complete as possible, but it will not include all of Picabia's work. Some works have been lost, destroyed, or reworked by the artist. Others are in collections unknown to us; still others are known to us but require additional research or firsthand examination prior to a decision regarding inclusion in the catalogue raisonné.
VOLUME I 1898-1914
VOLUME II 1915-1927
William A. Camfield, Arnauld Pierre, Candace Clements, Beverley Calté, Pierre Calté
William A. Camfield, Beverley Calté, Candace Clements, Arnauld Pierre, Aurélie Verdier,
This is not a family album. Nor a catalogue raisonné. It is, above all, an album dé-raisonné, the collage of a life discreetly annotated by its author. It is the reproduction of Olga Mohler Picabia’s world, based on her mentor and great love, Francis Picabia. A variation on the theme of Pygmalion, it offers an intimate and sensitive intaglio portrait of the artist, sometimes surprising and often deeply moving, as seen through Olga’s eyes.
In memory of Pierre Calté (1946 - 2016) President of the Comité Picabia from 2002 to 2016