Standing Female Nude

Pablo Picasso Spanish

Not on view

This broad-shouldered and muscular female figure seems even more powerful because her body is too large for the sheet of paper: the top of her hair and the bottom of her feet are cropped by its edges. Rendering hands is difficult for many artists, particularly when the arm is foreshortened to create the impression that the figure is reaching toward the viewer. Picasso assumes the challenge at left, while at right, he uses a “wet on wet” technique to create a striking pooling effect. In this drawing, we see Picasso beginning to separate color from line; the washes of red pigment neither fill in nor model form.

Standing Female Nude, Pablo Picasso (Spanish, Malaga 1881–1973 Mougins, France), Ink and gouache on white laid paper

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.