Pablo Picasso

Head of a Woman (Fernande)

1909

Not on display

Artist
Pablo Picasso 1881–1973
Original title
Tête de femme (Fernande)
Medium
Plaster
Dimensions
Unconfirmed: 405 × 230 × 260 mm
Collection
Lent from a private collection 1994
On long term loan
Reference
L01712

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This sculpture is of Fernande Olivier, an artist and model. Olivier and Picasso were in a relationship for seven years after meeting in Paris in 1904. A number of works Picasso made during this time were inspired by Olivier. The flat, squared surface of Head of a Woman reflects the cubist style he explored from 1907–09. Picasso made two plaster casts of this sculpture, from which at least sixteen bronze examples were cast.

Gallery label, November 2019

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