Woman in Gray (Femme en gris)
Throughout his career, Pablo Picasso remained devoted to rendering the human face and figure with varying degrees of naturalism, likeness, and abstraction. Here, flat, interlocking shapes and juxtaposed tones form a bust-length portrait of a woman wearing a pointed collar, veil, and broad-brimmed hat. She may be based on the painter and photographer Dora Maar, Picasso’s companion in the early 1940s.
Oil on panel
39 1/4 × 31 7/8 in. (99.7 × 81 cm)
frame: 51 1/4 × 43 3/4 × 4 in. (130.2 × 111.1 × 10.2 cm) (show scale)
Signed upper left: "Picasso"
Gift of the Alex Hillman Family Foundation in memory and in honor of Rita K. Hillman
Prior to 1945, provenance not yet documented; by 1945, acquired by Galerie Louis Carré, Paris, France; by 1948, acquired from Galerie Louis Carré by Durand-Ruel Galleries, New York, NY; June 1948, purchased at Durand-Ruel Galleries sale, "Picasso," lot 9, by Alex L. Hillman and Rita Kanarck Hillman of New York, NY; by 1996, transferred to the Alex Hillman Family Foundation; 2008, gift of the Alex Hillman Family Foundation to the Brooklyn Museum.
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Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973). Woman in Gray (Femme en gris), 1942. Oil on panel, 39 1/4 × 31 7/8 in. (99.7 × 81 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Alex Hillman Family Foundation in memory and in honor of Rita K. Hillman, 2008.43. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 2008.43_PS2.jpg)
overall, 2008.43_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2005
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