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Woman in Gray (Femme en gris)

Pablo Picasso

European Art

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Throughout his career, Pablo Picasso remained devoted to rendering the human face and figure with varying degrees of naturalism, likeness, and abstraction. Here, flat, interlocking shapes and juxtaposed tones form a bust-length portrait of a woman wearing a pointed collar, veil, and broad-brimmed hat. She may be based on the painter and photographer Dora Maar, Picasso’s companion in the early 1940s.
MEDIUM Oil on panel
  • Place Made: France
  • DATES 1942
    DIMENSIONS 39 1/4 × 31 7/8 in. (99.7 × 81 cm) frame: 51 1/4 × 43 3/4 × 4 in. (130.2 × 111.1 × 10.2 cm)  (show scale)
    SIGNATURE Signed upper left: "Picasso"
    COLLECTIONS European Art
    CREDIT LINE Gift of the Alex Hillman Family Foundation in memory and in honor of Rita K. Hillman
    PROVENANCE Prior to 1945, provenance not yet documented; by 1945, acquired by Galerie Louis Carré, Paris, France; by 1948, acquired from Galerie Louis Carré by Durand-Ruel Galleries, New York, NY; June 1948, purchased at Durand-Ruel Galleries sale, "Picasso," lot 9, by Alex L. Hillman and Rita Kanarck Hillman of New York, NY; by 1996, transferred to the Alex Hillman Family Foundation; 2008, gift of the Alex Hillman Family Foundation to the Brooklyn Museum.
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    CAPTION Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973). Woman in Gray (Femme en gris), 1942. Oil on panel, 39 1/4 × 31 7/8 in. (99.7 × 81 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Alex Hillman Family Foundation in memory and in honor of Rita K. Hillman, 2008.43. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 2008.43_PS2.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 2008.43_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2005
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