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Woman Asleep at a Table

Artist:
Pablo Picasso (Spanish, Malaga 1881–1973 Mougins, France)
Date:
1936
Medium:
Oil and charcoal on canvas
Dimensions:
38 1/4 x 51 1/4 in. (97.2 x 130.2 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
The Mr. and Mrs. Klaus G. Perls Collection, 1997
Accession Number:
1997.149.3
Rights and Reproduction:
© 2017 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 901
The ovoid shape of Marie-Thérèse Walter’s resting head and the simplification of her features recall the heaviness of sleep, as seen
in Brancusi’s Sleeping Muse. Picasso moved his lover Marie-Thérèse and their one-year-old daughter, Maya, to a country house outside Paris in autumn 1936. Although he 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.
Inscription: Signed and dated, lower left: 18 D. XXXVI. Picasso
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)

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