Pablo PicassoWoman at the Window 1952

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Pablo Picasso (1881‑1973)
Woman at the Window
La Femme à la fenêtre
Date 1952
MediumAquatint and drypoint on paper
Dimensionsimage: 902 x 635 mm
Acquisition Presented by Gustav and Elly Kahnweiler 1974, accessioned 1994
Not on display


Woman at the Window, 1952, is a portrait made with sugar-lift aquatint and drypoint of Picasso’s companion Françoise Gilot (born 1921). Picasso had met the young Françoise, who was a painter herself, in May 1943 and she quickly became a constant presence in his work. The print shows Françoise in profile, standing as she looks out of a window, and offers an interesting contrast to the way in which Picasso had portrayed her in the lithograph Woman in an Armchair No.1 (The Polish Cloak), 1949 (Tate P11361). Where that is a serene, naturalistic portrait of Françoise in delicate washes of lithographic ink, Woman at the Window is partially abstracted and drawn in sharp, angular areas of black, grey and white. This is rendered by intersecting black lines that continue along her neck and delineate her throat. Her eyes are protruding and her nose is off-centre. The scene is dramatically lit from the right, through the window, creating a play of strong light and shade on Françoise’s face. Her hands touch the window and are shown in complete darkness, with slivers of light filtering between the fingers and delineating them… (read more)

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