Pablo Picasso Nude Woman in a Red Armchair 1932

Artwork details

Artist
Pablo Picasso 1881–1973
Title
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
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1953
Reference
N06205
On loan to Fondation Louis Vuitton Pour La Création (Paris, France)

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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 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