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Pablo Picasso. Woman's Head (Fernande). Paris, fall 1909
Pablo Picasso

Woman's Head (Fernande)

Paris, fall 1909
On view
Medium
Bronze
Dimensions
16 1/4 x 9 3/4 x 10 1/2" (41.3 x 24.7 x 26.6 cm)
Credit
Purchase
Object number
1632.1940
Copyright
© 2015 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Picasso sculpted Woman's Head (Fernande) out of clay in Paris in the fall of 1909. It was made directly after the artist spent the summer in Horta de Ebro, Spain, where he painted numerous portraits of his companion, Fernande Olivier. Woman's Head (Fernande) shows Picasso working through ideas that would become central to Cubism. The sculpture maintains the basic shape of a head, but its projected and recessed planes break down solid mass into shifting volumes that are suggestive of different points of view.

Picasso's dealer, Ambroise Vollard, bought the original clay version from Picasso in 1910, and with the artist's permission he arranged for it to be cast in plaster and then in bronze.

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