Woman Asleep at a Table

Pablo Picasso (Spanish, Malaga 1881–1973 Mougins, France )

Oil and charcoal on canvas
38 1/4 x 51 1/4in. (97.2 x 130.2cm)
Credit Line:
The Mr. and Mrs. Klaus G. Perls Collection, 1997
Accession Number:
Rights and Reproduction:
© 2014 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
  • Description

    In autumn 1936 Picasso moved his lover Marie-Thérèse Walter and their year-old daughter, Maya, to a country house outside Paris, near Fontainebleau, belonging to the art dealer Ambroise Vollard. Although Picasso frequently depicted Marie-Thérèse asleep, this work may also reflect the sweet exhaustion of the new mother-as well as the perplexity of the fifty-five-year-old father: when Picasso painted this canvas, he had already met Dora Maar, his new lover. One year later, Picasso would use the same restricted palette for the large mural "Guernica" (Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid).

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Signature: Signed and dated, lower left: 18 D. XXXVI. ¦Picasso¦

  • Provenance

    Carlo Frua de Angeli, Milan (acquired from the artist, probably through his wife, Mary (Meric) Callery, in the late 1930s); [Perls Galleries (Klaus G. Perls), New York, from 1964; stock no. 6593]; Mr. and Mrs. Klaus G. Perls, New York (until 1997; their gift to MMA, 1997)

  • Exhibition History

    Sâo Paulo, Brazil: Museu de Arte Moderna, ¦Exposicâo Picasso¦, December 13, 1953 - February 20,1954, no. 32.

    Toronto, Canada: The Art Gallery of Toronto, ¦Picasso and Man¦, January 11 - February 16, 1964; Montreal, Canada: The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, March 1964, cat. no 164, p.121 illustrated (also traveled to Tokyo, Kyoto and Nagoya).

    Paris: Grand Palais, ¦Hommage à Picasso¦, November 1966 - February 1967, cat. no. 168, illustrated (as: "La mansarde du poète"), n.p.

    Vienna, Österreichisches Museum für Angewandte Kunst, ¦Pablo Picasso¦, 24 April - 30 June, 1968, cat. no. 42, p. 51, pl. 11, illustrated in color.

    Humlebaek, Denmark: Louisiana Museum for Moderne Kunst, ¦Picasso¦, 20 September - 10 November, 1968, (as: "La mansarde du poète), cat. no 46.

    Tokyo: Musée de la Ville de Tokyo, ¦Exposition PICASSO¦, 15 October - 4 December 1977; Nagoya: Musée Préfectoral d'Aichi, December 13 - 26, 1977; Fukuoka, Centre Culturel de Fukuoka, January 5 - 22, 1978; Kyoto, Musée National d'Art Moderne, 28 January - 5 March 1978, cat. no. 45, illus. (as: "La mansarde du poète").

    San Francisco, California: California Palace of the Legion of Honor, ¦Picasso and the War¦, October 10, 1998 - January 3, 1999; New York: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, January 27, 1999 - May 9,1999.

    New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, ¦Painters in Paris 1895-1950¦, March 8 - December 31, 2000, p. 107, illustrated in color.

    Kyoto,Japan: Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art, September 14-November 24, 2002; Tokyo: The Bunkamura Museum of Art, December 7, 2000 - March 9, 2003, Picasso and the School of Paris, Paintings from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. plate 61, p. 125, illus. in color.

    New York. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. "Picasso Black and White," October 5, 2012–January 23, 2013, no. 56.

    Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. "Picasso Black and White," February 20–May 28, 2013, no. 56.

  • References

    Lieberman, William S. Painters in Paris 1895-1950. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2000, p. 107.

    Zervos, Christian. Pablo Picasso, vol 8. Paris, 1957, no. 309, p. 146, illustrated.

    Richard Shiff in Picasso Black and White. Ed. Carmen Giménez. Exh. cat., Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. New York, 2012, pp. 42, 221, no. 56, ill. (color).

  • See also