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Female nude with her arm resting on a chair (verso)
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Female nude with her arm resting on a chair (verso)


Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)

Charcoal on paper

Height: 32 cm; Width: 24.6 cm;

Inscription, inscribed, signed in graphite, lower left & recto:

Inscription, inscribed, numbered in graphite, lower right & verso:

Acquisition (source, method, date)
Seilern, Antoine (Count); bequest; 1978

About this work
Monumentally conceived figures appear frequently in Picasso’s work of the early 1920s. This imposing female nude, towering over a chair, was first planned as a smaller figure, perhaps partially draped, as the emphatic curved strokes across her middle might indicate. The outlines of this initial figure are clearly visible, for instance below the contour of the shoulders. Picasso modelled the figure by lightly smudging the friable charcoal on the paper, giving it a pronounced sense of volume. (Permanent collection label)

Copyright: © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London\Succession Picasso\DACS 2003

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