Waddington Galleries Ltd., London
Private Collection, United States (acquired from the above in November 1997)
Sale: Christie's, New York, November 6, 2001, lot 59
Acquired at the above sale
Tokyo, National Museum of Modern Art; Kyoto, National Museum of Modern Art & Nagoya, Prefectural Museum of Art, Pablo Picasso Retrospective 1899-1963, 1964
Tel Aviv Museum & Jerusalem, Israel Museum, Picasso, 1966, no. 47, illustrated in the catalogue
Paris, Grand Palais, Hommage à Pablo Picasso, 1966-67, no. 244, illustrated in the catalogue
Culan, Forteresse Medievale, Exposition Picasso: Gravures, peintures ceramiques, 1967
Paris, Galerie Schmidt, Maîtres français XIX-XX siecles, 1986, no. 48 illustrated in color in the catalogue
Montreal, Landau Fine Art, Pablo Picasso and Fernand Léger, 1991, p. 21, illustrated in color in the catalogue
The Picasso Project, Picasso’s Paintings, Watercolors, Drawings and Sculpture. The Fifties I, 1950-1955, San Francisco, 2000, no. 56-047, illustrated p. 15
The image of Jacqueline, seated in profile, had come to define her soft-spoken persona in the 1950s. The present picture was created just as her relationship with Picasso was solidifying and hints at the steady and powerful force she would become in the artist’s life until his death in 1973. William Rubin provided the following characterization of Jacqueline and her long relationship with Picasso: "Her understated, gentle, and loving personality combined with her unconditional commitment to him provided an emotionally stable life and a dependable foyer over a longer period of time than he had ever before enjoyed” (quoted in Michael FitzGerald, Picasso, The Artist's Studio (exhibition catalogue), Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford and The Cleveland Museum of Art, 2001-2002 , p. 154).
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