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Woman in Gray (Femme en gris)

Pablo Picasso

European Art

On View: Great Hall, 1st Floor
This is one of several paintings Pablo Picasso created in quick succession in Paris during World War II. In this fractured bust-length portrait of a woman wearing a veil and broad-brimmed hat, the artist’s abstractions evoke the violence and bleakness of life in the German-occupied French capital.
MEDIUM Oil on panel
  • Place Made: France
  • DATES 1942
    DIMENSIONS 39 1/4 x 31 7/8 in. (99.7 x 81 cm) Frame: 51 1/4 x 43 1/4 x 3 1/4 in. (130.2 x 109.9 x 8.3 cm)  (show scale)
    SIGNATURE Signed upper left: "Picasso"
    COLLECTIONS European Art
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Great Hall, 1st Floor
    CREDIT LINE Gift of the Alex Hillman Family Foundation in memory and in honor of Rita K. Hillman
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    CAPTION Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973). Woman in Gray (Femme en gris), 1942. Oil on panel, 39 1/4 x 31 7/8 in. (99.7 x 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
    IMAGE overall, 2008.43_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2005
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