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Pablo Picasso. Bather. winter 1908-09
Pablo Picasso

Bather

winter 1908-09
On view
Medium
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
51 1/8 x 38 1/8" (129.8 x 96.8 cm)
Credit
Louise Reinhardt Smith Bequest
Object number
786.1995
Copyright
© 2015 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

In Bather, Picasso used a nude female figure standing at the seaside as a testing ground for new representational possibilities, challenging pictorial conventions of space, beauty, and time. The background is simplified into three bands of color applied in flat, rough strokes. The bather’s body is broken into discrete parts; her breasts, stomach, and shoulders are hardened into geometric arcs and curves, and her right foot twists unnaturally. Traditional painting captures a single moment from a single perspective; Picasso depicted his bather’s torso from the front, rear, and side, presenting multiple views simultaneously.

Gallery label from 2011
Provenance information
Paul Rosenberg, Paris
Mary Callery (1903-1977), Boulogne-sur-Seine and New York. [Probably acquired from Rosenberg in Paris in the 1930s]
Carlo Frua de Angeli, Milan (Mary Callery's second husband)
Ernst Beyeler, Basel
Louise Reinhardt Smith, New York
The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Louise Reinhardt Smith Bequest, 1995

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