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  • Female Head

    Artist:
    Picasso, Pablo. 1881-1973
    Technique:
    oil on canvas pasted on cardboard
    Dimensions:
    49,7x36,4 cm

Picasso, Pablo. 1881-1973

Female Head

France, 1902-1903

This work was produced, according to the majority of scholars, in Barcelona in 1903, although it has been suggested that a drawing of the same model was executed by Picasso in Paris in December 1902. The small format canvas contains a bust-length image of a woman with a scarf around her neck, dynamic lines indicated the plasticity of face, reinforced by the use of colour. Energetically applied long strokes form a thick crown of coarse hair, the locks framing the sitter's eyes with their heavy sadness and fixed, unseeing gaze. Bluish-green tones dominate, but there is also a touch of dull red, the joyless colour of the scarf and the lips, as if the woman had made some helpless gesture to escape from the cold dark blue. This individual sitter is given the features of all the figures of Picasso's Blue Period, encapsulating Picasso's perception of sorrow as the very fabric of life, and all his thoughts on suffering, resignation and sympathy.

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Female Head

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oil on canvas pasted on cardboard

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49,7x36,4 cm

Acquisition date:

Entered the Hermitage in 1931; handed over from the State Museum of New Western Art in Moscow; originally in the Sergei Shchukin collection

Inventory Number:

ГЭ-6573

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