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Francis Picabia: La Nourrice Americaine

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LTM is pleased to announce the release of a unique CD by influential avant-garde artist Francis Picabia, featuring two interpretations of his provocative 1920 Dadaist piece for piano, together a spoken word extract from 1945. Written in 1920, La Nourrice Américaine (The American Nurse) consists of ''three notes repeated to infinity'' and was performed for the first - and last - time at the Festival Dada, staged at the Salle Gaveau in Paris on 26 May 1920. A landmark event, the Festival Dada included contributions from Tristan Tzara, Andre Breton, Paul Eluard, Louis Aragon, Philippe Soupault and Georges Ribemont-Dessaignes, and launched the Dada phenomenon in Paris. La Nourrice Américaine was performed on the day by Marguerite Buffet, duration unknown. It seems likely that Picabia's only venture into musical composition was inspired by talks with his friends Erik Satie, Marcel Duchamp and Edgard Varese. On this CD fast and slow interpretations are included, both performed by pianist Tom Feldschuh and each lasting for 20 minutes. The CD also includes a rare spoken word piece by Picabia (in the French language), recording a visit to the artist's Paris atelier in July 1945. Artist biography: Born in Paris in 1879, artist, poet and theorist Francis Picabia is recognised as a key figure in the development of abstract art and the avant-garde in the 20th Century. After 1913 he made several visits to New York, where he was active in avant-garde circles and took part in the Armory Show. In 1917 he founded the celebrated periodical 391, and was an active participant in Paris Dada. A friend of composer Erik Satie, the pair collaborated on the ballet Relâche in 1924. Picabia later resumed abstract painting and writing poerty; a lover of fast cars, he is said to have owned 150 different vehicles. Picabia died in 1953.


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