Exhibitions/ Art Object

Nude Woman with Guitar

Artist:
Pablo Picasso (Spanish, Malaga 1881–1973 Mougins, France)
Date:
Paris, spring 1909
Medium:
Charcoal on primed canvas
Dimensions:
58 3/8 × 38 1/4 in. (148.3 × 97.2 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Promised Gift from the Leonard A. Lauder Cubist Collection
Rights and Reproduction:
© 2018 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Not on view
It is likely that this unique, large-scale charcoal drawing on canvas was initially intended as an underdrawing for a painting. It reveals that Picasso drew in the basic outlines of his figural compositions before breaking up the forms and surrounding space into multidirectional planes and facets. Pentimenti, or traces of an earlier stage of conception, indicate alterations to the position of the model. The jagged line to the left of the head, which evokes the profile of a face, may also be interpreted as hair or part of the chair back.
Inscription: Signed and dated (upper right): Picasso / 1909
the artist, Paris; [Galerie Pierre (Pierre Loeb), Paris, 1930s]; Louis Broder, Paris (until 2006; sold in September 2006 to Lauder); Leonard A. Lauder, New York (from 2006)

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Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. "Picasso Black and White," February 20–May 28, 2013, no. 9.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Cubism: The Leonard A. Lauder Collection," October 20, 2014–February 16, 2015, no. 54.

Les maîtres de l'art indépendant, 1895–1937. Exh. cat., Petit Palais. Paris, 1937, p. 106, no. 20.

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Christian Zervos. "Oeuvres et images inédites de la jeunesse de Picasso." Cahiers d’art 25 (1950), ill. p. 278 (on display in Picasso's studio at 13, rue Ravignan, Paris).

Franco Russoli and Fiorella Minervino. L'opera completa di Picasso cubista. Milan, 1972, p. 99, no. 250, ill., (as "Donna con chitarra").

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Josep Palau i Fabre. Picasso: Cubism, 1907–1917. New York, 1990, p. 500, no. 369, ill. p. 132.

Anne Baldassari. Picasso photographe, 1901–1916. Exh. cat., Musée Picasso. Paris, 1994, pp. 101, 103, 104, figs. 75, 77 (on display in Picasso’s studio at 13, rue Ravignan, Paris; photographs as by the artist, spring 1909).

John Richardson with the collaboration of Marilyn McCully. A Life of Picasso. Vol. 2, 1907–1917. New York, 1996, ill. p. 119 (on display in Picasso’s studio at 13, rue Ravignan, Paris; photograph as by the artist, 1909) (drawing erroneously identified as Zervos 1942, pt. 1, no. 155).

Anne Baldassari. Picasso and Photography: The Dark Mirror. Exh. cat., Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Paris, 1997, p. 66, figs. 84, 86 (on display in Picasso’s studio at 13, rue Ravignan, Paris; photograph as by the artist, spring 1909).

Arthur I. Miller. Einstein, Picasso: Space, Time and the Beauty That Causes Havoc. New York, 2001, p. 143, fig. 5.8 (on display in Picasso’s studio at 13, rue Ravignan, Paris; photograph as by the artist, spring 1909).

Carmen Giménez, ed. Picasso Black and White. Exh. cat., Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. Munich, 2012, p. 217, no. 9, ill.

"Objects Promised to the Museum during the Year 2012–2013." The Metropolitan Museum of Art, One Hundred Forty-third Annual Report of the Trustees for the Fiscal Year July 1, 2012, through June 30, 2013 (2013), p. 47.

Andrea Bayer in Cubism: The Leonard A. Lauder Collection. Ed. Emily Braun and Rebecca Rabinow. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 2014, pp. 48–52, 305(1)nn.13, 15, no. 54, ill. p. 49 (color).

Anna Jozefacka and Luise Mahler in Cubism: The Leonard A. Lauder Collection. Ed. Emily Braun and Rebecca Rabinow. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 2014, p. 280, fig. 54 (photographed in Picasso's studio in the Bateau-Lavoir at 13, rue Ravignan, Paris, 1909).

Alan Hyman, ed. The Picasso Project: Picasso's Paintings, Watercolors, Drawings, and Sculpture, A Comprehensive Illustrated Catalogue, 1885–1973., Analytic Cubism, 1909–1912. San Francisco, 2015, pp. 25, 323, no. 1909-045, ill. p. 25.