Pablo Picasso. Head of a Woman. Boisgeloup, 1932

Pablo Picasso

Head of a Woman

Boisgeloup, 1932

Medium
Plaster
Dimensions
52 1/2 x 25 5/8 x 28" (133.4 x 65 x 71.1 cm)
Credit
Gift of Jacqueline Picasso in honor of the Museum's continuous commitment to Pablo Picasso's art
Object number
210.1982
Copyright
© 2016 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Department
Painting and Sculpture
This work is not on view.
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In the early 1930s, Picasso returned to sculptural modeling after a break of some twenty years. He had recently bought a château in Boisgeloup, forty miles outside Paris, and converted a stable on the property into a sculpture studio, catalyzing a period of intense sculptural production. Picasso's inspiration for Head of a Woman was his young companion, Marie-Thérèse Walter, whose features, he felt, lent themselves to representation in a classical mode. The sculpture was reproduced soon after its creation in the inaugural issue of the Surrealist journal Minotaure. The Surrealists claimed Picasso as one of their own, enchanted in part by his unruly and irreverent play with ideas of the classical.

Gallery label from Focus: Picasso Sculpture, July 3–November 3, 2008

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Jacqueline Picasso
The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Jacqueline Picasso, 1982

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