Head of a Woman (Fernande)

Pablo Picasso Spanish

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 908

In bronze, Head of a Woman is energized by light. Highlights and shadows across its projecting planes suggest shifting volumes that convey different points of view. The tilt of the head and curve of the neck imply movement. The photographer Alfred Stieglitz was one of the first to acquire a bronze cast of the work, which he photographed and later published in his journal Camera Work. The sculpture’s publication there as well as its appearance in the influential New York presentation of the International Exhibition of Modern Art, known as the Armory Show, in 1913 garnered it great attention. This cast, from Foundry Désiré or Florentin Godard in Paris, is one of several that Picasso’s dealer Ambroise Vollard ordered to meet his clients’ interests after World War I.

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

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