Balance, c.1919. Oil on cardboard. Francis Picabia (1879-1953) was a French painter, poet, and typographist, associated with Cubism, Abstract art, Dada, and Surrealism. Picabia continued his involvement in the Dada movement through 1919 in Zürich and Paris, before breaking away from it after developing an interest in Surrealist art. He denounced Dada in 1921, and issued a personal attack against Breton in 1924.