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Woman in an Armchair

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

Oil on canvas
32 x 25 3/4in. (81.3 x 65.4cm)
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

    After working on a series of portraits of his companion Fernande Olivier (1881-1966), Picasso changed models in works that, as here, fused the faceted figure and ambient space. The marriage of light and space in Nude in an Armchair would culminate in a series of portraits of dealers and collectors, most notably Picasso's Portrait of Vollard (1910; Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow).

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Signature: Signed, lower left: ¦Picasso¦

  • Provenance

    [Paul Guillaume, Paris, by 1929–d. 1934]; his widow, Domenica Guillaume, née Juliette Lacaze, later Mme Jean Walter, Paris (from 1934); Jacques Sarlie, New York (by 1954; his sale, Sotheby's, London, October 12, 1960, no. 10, for £30,000, through Kirnberger, to Perls); [Perls Galleries (Klaus G. Perls), New York, from 1960, stock no. 6410]; Mr. and Mrs. Klaus G. Perls (until 1997; their gift to MMA, 1997)

  • Exhibition History

    New York,: M.Knoedler and Co., Inc, Picasso. An American Tribute, April 25-May 12, 1962, cat no. 43, illus. (as: Seated Nude, late 1909).

    New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Painters in Paris 1895-1950, March 8 -
    December 31, 2000, p. 67, illus. 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 15, p. 59, illus. in color.

  • References

    Daix, Pierre and Rosselet, Joan. Picasso: The Cubist Years, 1907-1916. Boston, 1979, no. 333, illus. p. 252.

    Palau i Fabre, Josep. Picasso: Cubism 1907-1917. New York, 1990, no. 470, illustrated p. 167 (as Woman Sitting Beside a Window, 1909-10).

    Sabartes, Jaime. Paintings and Drawings of Picasso. Paris-New York, 1946, pl.6,
    illustrated, n.p. (dated 1909-10).

    Zervos, Christian. Pablo Picasso, vol. 2. Paris, 1942, no.198, illus. pl.98 (dated: winter 1909).

  • See also