Head of a Woman

Pablo Picasso Spanish

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 828

This exquisite portrait was made in Barcelona, where Picasso lived from January 1903 to March 1904 in the studio on Calle Riera de San Juan that he had shared three years before with his late friend Carles Casagemas. The model is thought to be the twenty-year-old Parisian doll dressmaker Cécile Acker, also known as Geneviève (or Germaine) Pfeipher. A lover of the poet Max Jacob, she may also have had a liaison with Picasso. Picasso painted this work over a landscape signed by a painter named González, presumably Joan González, the older brother of the sculptor Julio González.

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

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.