Weeping Woman in Front of a Wall

Pablo Picasso Spanish
Printed by Jacques Frélaut French
Published by Galerie Louise Leiris

Not on view

Picasso executed close to sixty pictures of weeping women between January and November 1937. Many of them served a preparatory drawings for his monumental antiwar mural, Guernica (Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid), although, surprisingly, there are no individual weeping women in the final version of the painting. Even after the completion of Guernica, Picasso continued to explore the theme in several paintings, drawings, and etchings. He depicts this sorrowful woman in a Spanish mantilla standing before a wall. He used a took known as a scraper to create the many marks on her tormented face and to emphasize the gashlike tears streaming from her eyes.

Weeping Woman in Front of a Wall, Pablo Picasso (Spanish, Malaga 1881–1973 Mougins, France), Aquatint and drypoint

Due to rights restrictions, this image cannot be enlarged, viewed at full screen, or downloaded.

Open Access

As part of the Met's Open Access policy, you can freely copy, modify and distribute this image, even for commercial purposes.


Public domain data for this object can also be accessed using the Met's Open Access API.