Pablo Picasso 1881-1973
N04719 Femme en Chemise assise
(Seated Woman in a Chemise) 1923
Inscribed 'Picasso' b.l.
Oil on canvas, 36 1/4 x 28 3/8 (92 x 73)
Bequeathed by C. Frank Stoop 1933
Prov: With Galerie Simon, Paris (purchased from the artist 1929); with Alfred Flechtheim, Berlin and Düsseldorf, 1929; C. Frank Stoop, London
Exh: Matisse Braque Picasso, Galerie Alfred Flechtheim, Berlin, September-October 1930 (48) as 'Frau in Weiss'; Picasso, Tate Gallery, July-September 1960 (105, repr.); Hommage à Pablo Picasso, Grand Palais, Paris, November 1966-February 1967 (127, repr.); Picasso, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, March-May 1967 (58, repr.); Léger and Purist Paris, Tate Gallery, November 1970-January 1971 (122, repr.)
Lit: Christian Zervos, Pablo Picasso (Paris 1952), Vol.5, No.3, repr. pl.3 as 'Femme en Chemise Assise'
Repr: Kunstblatt, XIII, 1929, p.70 as 'Frau in Weiss' 1923, the property of A. Flechtheim, Berlin; John Rothenstein, The Tate Gallery (London 1958), p.137 in colour
Picasso's neo-classic paintings (which developed concurrently with his later Cubism) date from the years 1920 to 1924. Though he afterwards gave up painting in this style, he continued to resort to it from time to time in his drawings and engravings.
This picture has usually been known in recent years as 'Femme assise' (Seated Woman), but appears in the Kahnweiler records as 'Femme en Chemise assise'.
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, pp.597-8, reproduced p.597