Head of a Woman (Fernande)

Pablo Picasso Spanish

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This is Picasso’s first Cubist sculpture and one of more than sixty Cubist paintings, sculptures, and drawings the artist made of his companion Fernande Olivier in 1909. Picasso modeled the bust in Paris after the couple returned from a summer trip to Spain. As in his early Cubist paintings, Fernande’s head is described in facets and voids. Intended to be seen in the round, the composition changes when viewed from different angles. The torque of the neck counters the downward tilt of the head and suggests movement, as if Fernande is about to look over her shoulder.

Head of a Woman (Fernande), Pablo Picasso (Spanish, Malaga 1881–1973 Mougins, France), Bronze

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