Kneeling Nude

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

Charcoal on paper
25 x 19 in. (63.5 x 48.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection, 1998
Accession Number:
Rights and Reproduction:
© 2014 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
  • Description

    This drawing of a muscular, kneeling nude woman is a study for the leftmost figure in the large painting "Three Women", started in late 1907 and finished in spring 1908 (The State Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg). The pose, with its raised arm and buckled legs, evokes Michelangelo's "Dying Slave" at the Musée du Louvre. The division of the figure into planar, interlocking forms was a special concern of Picasso's at this time.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Signature: Signed in brown ink, lower right: ¦Picasso¦

    Inscription: Inscribed on verso in graphite, lower right (in another hand): 6685; lower left: 835 PP

  • Exhibition History

    New York: Museum of Modern Art. May 22–September 8, 1957. ¦Picasso 75th Anniversary Exhibition.¦ ill. p. 36

    Philadelphia: Philadelphia Museum of Art. January 8–February 23, 1958. ¦Picasso: A Loan Exhibition of His Paintings, Drawings, Sculpture, Ceramics, Prints, and Illustrated Books.¦ cat. no. 47, ill.

    New York: Museum of Modern Art. May 26–September 1, 1969. ¦Twentieth-Century Art from the Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller Collection.¦

    New York: Museum of Modern Art. May 22–September 6, 1980. ¦Pablo Picasso: A Retrospective.¦, ill.

    New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, December 12, 1989 - April 1, 1990. London, England: Royal Academy, April 19 - July 15, 1990, ¦Gelman Collection¦, illus. in color, p. 105, discussed pp. 104-107.

    Martigny, Suisse: Foundation Pierre Gianadda, 18 juin-1 novembre 1994. ¦de Matisse à Picasso: Collection Jacques et Natasha Gelman¦ Rédaction du catalogue: William S. Lieberman, Auteur du catalogue: Sabine Rewald, Textes de: Dawn Ades, John Ashbery, Jacques Dupin, John Golding, Lawrence Gowing, William S. Lieberman, Philippe de Montebello, Pierre Schneider et Gary Tinterow. p. 129 (illus).

  • References

    Karmel, Joseph Low (Pepe Karmel). Picasso’s Laboratory: The Role of his Drawings in the Development of Cubism, 1910-14 (PhD dissertation, New York University, Institute of Fine Arts), 1993. Discussed in volume 3, “Appendix I: Datings of the Figures", pp. 367-368; Mentioned in volume 1, p. 31; Illustrated b & w in volume 4, fig. 9 (Kneeling Woman, Paris, spring 1908)

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