Pablo Picasso
Nude Woman with Necklace 1968

Artwork details

Pablo Picasso 1881–1973
Nude Woman with Necklace
Femme nue au collier
Date 1968
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1135 x 1617 mm
frame: 1181 x 1663 x 62 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1983
Not on display

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Throughout his life, Picasso reworked the theme of the female nude. In his eighties, he revised the traditional ideal of beauty with particular violence, subjecting the body to a repeated assault in paint. Here, a reclining female figure is presented as a raw, sexualised arrangement of orifices, breasts and cumbersome limbs. ‘It’s all there’, Picasso said, ‘I try to do a nude as it is.’ The face is that of his second wife, Jacqueline Roque.

March 2009