"Ezra also liked Picabia's painting but I thought then that it was worthless."

The poet and painter Francis Picabia (1879-1953) was born to a French mother and Spanish-Cuban father at 82 rue des Petits Champs in Paris -- the same house in which he died. His work was initially influenced by Impressionism. However, subsequent friendships with the likes of Guillaume Apollinaire (see 'Bookmark' for page 19: 'But sitting there with the beer...') brought him into close proximity with Cubism, and from there to Dada. He founded the notorious Dadaist publication 391 before renouncing the movement in 1921 and turning to Surrealism.