Picasso remained in Paris throughout the Nazi Occupation, working at his studio at 7, rue des Grands-Augustins, close to the cafés of Saint-Germain-des-Prés. This nude belongs to a group of drawings made in January 1943 of quiet, classicized female figures that descend directly from Picasso's neoclassical bathers of the 1920s. The sitter's hand-to-face gesture was borrowed from Ingres's portrait of Madame Moitessier (1856, The National Gallery, London), but the quality of the line and the placement of the figure on the page recall the contemporary drawings of Picasso's friendly rival, Henri Matisse.
Inscription: Signed in graphite, lower right: Picasso
Ann Eden Woodward (Mrs. William Woodward Jr.), New York (until d. 1975; her bequest to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Picasso in The Metropolitan Museum of Art," April 27–August 1, 2010, no. 87.
Christian Zervos. Pablo Picasso. Vol. 12, Works from 1942 to 1943. Paris, 1943, p. 110, no. 214, ill.
Mariel Jardines. The Picasso Project: Picasso's Paintings, Watercolours, Drawings, and Sculpture, A Comprehensive Illustrated Catalogue, 1885–1973. Ed. Herschel B. Chipp and Alan Wofsy. Vol. 8, Nazi Occupation, 1940–1944. San Francisco, 1999, p. 186, no. 43-017, ill.