- Pablo Picasso
- Gouache over etching
Estate of the Artist
Marina Picasso, Paris
Acquavella Galleries, New York
Acquired from the above in 1989
Dallas, Dallas Museum of Art; New York, The Brooklyn Museum; Detroit, The Detroit Institute of Arts & Denver, The Denver Art Museum, Picasso the Printmaker: Graphics from the Marina Picasso Collection, 1983, no. 21, illustrated in color in the catalogue
Munich, Galerie Thomas, Picasso bei Thomas, 1986, illustrated in color in the catalogue
New York, Jan Krugier Gallery, Pablo Picasso "Petit Formats", 1989, no. 18, illustrated in the catalogue
Bernhard Geiser, Picasso Peinture-Graveur: Catalogue Illustré de l'Ouevre grave et lithographie 1899-1931, Bern, 1955, no. 200
Brigitte Baer, Picasso, Catalogue raisonné de l'oeuvre gravé et lithographié et des monotypes 1899-1931, vol. 1, Bern, 1990, mentioned p. 333
Deux femmes and the lot which precedes it, Baigneuse au pouf rouge, form an extraordinary pair of works which Picasso executed in 1930, using his own etchings as his source image and demonstrating his ceaseless inventiveness. Picasso created the etching in 1930, probably between September and October, in Boisgeloup.
In the current work, Picasso engages the subject matter of the original etching - a pair of female nudes (fig. 1). Brigitte Baer writes of this work, "Once again we are faced with the theme of 'two women,' which, for a long time, would displace the Three Graces. Picasso concentrated here on the relationship between two women and their intimacy as they bathe or wash themselves, far from prurient masculine eyes" (B. Baer, Picasso the Printmaker: Graphics from the Marina Picasso Collection, op. cit., p. 57).