Francis Picabias career was audacious and inventive. Throughout his seventy-four years, he explored the diverse artistic movements of his time, encompassing painting, performance, publishing and film; an exceptional feat during such an exciting period in art. He is most famously known as one of the founding fathers of the Dada movement, along with Marcel Duchamp and Tristan Tzara, but the young artist first made his name as an Impressionist painter at the debut of the twentieth century.
In 1902 Picabia began experimenting with the Impressionist style with a freshness and spontaneity. Picabia painted the landscape in changing atmospheric conditions and at different times of the day in order to capture variations of light and colours within the landscape. In 1905 Picabias first solo exhibition was held at the prestigious Galerie Haussmann and his work was met with great acclaim. After 1907 Picabias style changed to focus on Neo-Impressionism, influenced by Signac, and he abandoned his Impressionist tendencies.