Woman in an Armchair

Pablo Picasso Spanish

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 908

Inspired by the portraits of French Post-Impressionist painter Paul Cézanne, Picasso returned often to the subject of a solitary seated woman. This painting is part of a small group of works created in the fall and winter of 1909–10 and reveals Picasso’s desire to meld the figure with its environment by leveling distinctions between volumetric forms and empty spaces. Many of the artist’s numerous changes to the composition are readily apparent, including the reduction in size of the figure’s head.

#1850. Woman in an Armchair, Part 1



  1. 1850. Woman in an Armchair, Part 1
  2. 1852. Woman in an Armchair, Part 2
Woman in an Armchair, Pablo Picasso (Spanish, Malaga 1881–1973 Mougins, France), Oil on canvas

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