Artist: Pablo Picasso (Spanish, Malaga 1881–1973 Mougins, France)
Medium: Pastel on tan paper board
Dimensions: 20 3/8 x 14 1/4 in. (51.8 x 36.2 cm)
Credit Line: Purchase, Mr. and Mrs. John L. Loeb Gift, 1961
Accession Number: 61.85
Rights and Reproduction: © 2017 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
After celebrating New Year's Eve of 1901 in Barcelona, Picasso moved to Madrid, where he intended to stay for at least one year to work on two new publications: "Arte joven" and "Notas d'arte". While there, he created more than a dozen pictures depicting women dressed to the nines in cheap confections that announce the wearer as a performer-theatrical, sexual, or both. Related paintings shown at Picasso's first exhibition in Paris, at the Galerie Vollard, such as the "Woman in Profile" (1999.363.58), may have been made in Madrid as well. Picasso sent this work to a small exhibition at the Sala Parés in June 1901, where it was likely purchased by Delmiro de Caralt, the Barcelona textile magnate.