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The Farmer's Wife

Artist:
Pablo Picasso (Spanish, Malaga 1881–1973 Mougins, France)
Date:
1908
Medium:
Charcoal on paper
Dimensions:
24 3/4 x 19in. (62.9 x 48.3cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Purchase, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Nate B. Spingold and Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, by exchange, and Van Day Truex Fund, 1984
Accession Number:
1984.5.1
Rights and Reproduction:
© 2016 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Not on view
The model for this figure was fifty-eight-year-old Madame Putman (1850-1939), who, at more than six feet tall and nearly three hundred pounds, fascinated the diminutive Picasso. A widow and mother of seven, she was the artist's landlady in La Rue-des-Bois, a small village north of Paris where Picasso stayed from early August to early September 1908. This is one of seven drawings the artist made of the powerful woman as she went about her chores (she was too busy to pose) in preparation for two paintings.
the artist, Paris and elsewhere (1908–d. 1973; his estate, 1973–78; Succession Picasso inv. 00993); his granddaughter, Marina Picasso (1978–84; consigned to Jan Krugier, Geneva, from 1980, and through Krugier to Paul Rosenberg & Co., New York; sold by Rosenberg in January 1984 to MMA)

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