Pablo Picasso
Nude Woman in a Red Armchair 1932

Artwork details

Pablo Picasso 1881–1973
Nude Woman in a Red Armchair
Femme nue dans un fauteuil rouge
Date 1932
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1299 x 972 mm
frame: 1414 x 1081 x 83 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1953
Not on display

Display caption

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 or metamorphic image: the right side can also be seen as the face of a lover in profile, kissing her on the lips.

November 2012