Woman in a Chemise in an Armchair

Pablo Picasso Spanish

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 908

Woman in a Chemise marks a breakthrough in the style known as Synthetic Cubism, in which color, pattern, and texture enliven Cubist form. The painting represents a woman seated in a velvety purple armchair; her left arm is raised and her right hand holds a newspaper. Picasso included references to Fang and Baule sculptures from Gabon and the Ivory Coast, as well as to the sensuous imagery of the French neo-classical painter, Jean Auguste Dominque Ingres. The painting’s visual rhyming of hair and fringe, nipples and pegs, feet and hooves has elicited strong reactions: some see it as a misogynist image, others as a parody of sexualized depictions of woman in both high and popular culture.

Woman in a Chemise in an Armchair, Pablo Picasso (Spanish, Malaga 1881–1973 Mougins, France), Oil on canvas

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