I have loved and been moved by this painting and the Marcel Duchamp pun that is the basis for its title ever since EVER SINCE.
(That expression sounds vaguely Bob Marley-esque to me and I'm pleased to employ it on New Year's Day. Miss you a lot, Bob.)
Simple-seeming, almost crude, M’Amenez-Y (the painting) conveys to me concentrated mystery, charm, mirth and some romance. (If you know me, you’ll recognize that I score higher on the “mystery sensitivity scale” than on any of the others, where I’m basically clueless.)
Francis Picabia’s painting is quietly lively, unforced, unpretentious and, in an untraditional way (like other Picabia works), highly original and masterful.
I think it would have been great to have met and known Francis Picabia. If you like this, as I hope you do, possibly you'll like THIS also.
In 2012, I will try to complain less and I hope I will have less to complain about. Happy New Year!
Francis Picabia, M'Amenez-Y, 1919-20, Museum of Modern Art, New York