Magneto anglaise (1921 – 1922) by Francis Picabia


“Magnéto anglaise” (1921-1922) by Francis Picabia is a watercolor on paper depicting a stylized diagram of an English magneto, a component of combustion engines. The artwork features a central yellow circle, likely representing the magneto’s core, surrounded by black rectangles and a flame-like element. Radiating lines emanate from the circle, suggesting energy or motion. The composition is simple yet striking, blending technical subject matter with an abstract, almost playful aesthetic reflecting Picabia’s Dadaist spirit and fascination with machinery.

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Museum-quality prints

Museum-quality prints made on thick matte paper. Add a wonderful accent to your room and office with these prints that are sure to brighten any environment.

• Paper thickness: 10.3 mil
• Paper weight: 189 g/m²
• Opacity: 94%
• ISO brightness: 104%
• Paper is sourced from Japan

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Intricate Mechanical Artistry

“Magneto anglaise” showcases Picabia’s signature style of mechanical abstraction. The artwork features intricate, machine-like diagrams that are both precise in their technical execution and bewildering in their complexity. This juxtaposition invites viewers to decipher the imagery, challenging perceptions of what constitutes art and machinery. It’s a perfect piece for those who appreciate art that pushes boundaries and invites multiple interpretations.

A Reflection of Modernist Themes

Picabia’s work during this time reflects the broader modernist preoccupation with technology and industrialization. “Magneto anglaise” serves not only as a visual representation but also as a critique of the growing mechanization and depersonalization of the post-World War I era. This piece captures the tension between the human spirit and the mechanical world, making it a profound statement in any contemporary or historical discussion on technology in society.

Enhance Your Space with a Historical Dialogue

Adding “Magnéto anglaise” to your space is not just about owning a piece of art; it’s about embracing a piece of history that continues to resonate with current technology debates. Its presence in a room not only enhances aesthetic appeal but also sparks intellectual conversations, making it ideal.






Living room, Bedroom, Study, Hallway


Dadaism – Surrealism, Modern Art



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Magnéto anglaise (1921 - 1922) by Francis Picabia

Magneto anglaise (1921 - 1922) by Francis Picabia


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