Pablo Picasso

Weeping Woman

1937

Artist
Pablo Picasso 1881–1973
Medium
Graphite and crayon on paper
Dimensions
Frame: 668 x 540 x 52 mm
support: 292 x 232 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by HM Government in lieu of tax and allocated to the Tate Gallery 1995
Reference
T06929

Not on display

Display caption

During 1937 Picasso became obsessed with the motif of a weeping woman, which symbolised for him the anguish and devastation of the Spanish Civil War. The figure first appeared among the sketches for Guernica, his famous depiction of the German bombing raid on a Basque town. He associated her with his mistress Dora Maar, who had been instrumental in encouraging Picasso’s political awareness. He later commented: ‘For years I've painted her in torture forms, not through sadism, and not with pleasure either; just obeying a vision that forced itself on me.’

Gallery label, March 2011

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