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Picasso's Nude Woman in a Red Armchair

Tate’s conservation team investigate whether Picasso completed this painting in a day

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This work belongs to the remarkable sequence of portraits that Picasso made of Marie-Thérèse Walter at his country property at Boisgeloup. Marie-Thérèse is presented here – as in most of her portraits – as a series of sensuous curves. Even the scrolling arms of the chair have been heightened and exaggerated to echo the rounded forms of her body. The face is a double image: the right side can also be seen as the face of a lover in profile, kissing her on the lips.

See the painting in The EY Exhibition: Picasso 1932 – Love, Fame, Tragedy at Tate Modern 8 March – 9 September 2018

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