Otaïti (1930). Francis Picabia.

Picabia described the transparencies as spaces where he might express for himself ‘the resemblance of my interior desires’, as paintings ‘where all my instincts may have a free course’. But insofar as is known, he shared not one word of more specific explanation about his intentions, visual sources or titles with anyone, not even close friends and family. Accordingly, never was he more successful in painting for himself than in these works – transparent perhaps in form but veiled in content.