Head of a Woman

Pablo Picasso Spanish

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Picasso first met Jacqueline Roque (1927–1986) in Vallauris in the summer of 1952. They were married in 1961. He recorded her distinctive features—high cheekbones, enormous eyes, and dark, straight hair—in hundreds of works in a variety of styles between 1954 and 1972.
Head of a Woman appears to be the culmination of a series of ten wash drawings made on November 12, 1960. They in turn derive from several of his paintings from 1949 of painter Françoise Gilot. In recapitulating these earlier works, Picasso essentially transmuted images of Françoise into this 1960 portrait of Jacqueline.

Head of a Woman, Pablo Picasso (Spanish, Malaga 1881–1973 Mougins, France), Oil on canvas

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