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Pablo Picasso

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2,000,000 - 3,000,000 USD
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Description

  • Pablo Picasso
  • Femme allongée
  • Dated 22 juin 46 on the reverse
  • Oil on canvas

Provenance

Estate of the artist

Marina Picasso (by descent from the above)

Acquired from the above

Exhibited

Paris, Grand-Palais, Hommage à Pablo Picasso,1966-67, no. 211, illustrated in the catalogue

Munich, Haus der Kunst; Cologne, Josef-Haubrich-Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Städtische Galerie im Städelschen Kunstinstitut; Zürich, Kunsthaus, Collection Marina Picasso, 1981-82,  no. 230, illustrated in the catalogue

Venice, Centro di Cultura di Palazzo Grassi, Picasso, Opere dal 1895 al 1971 dalla Collezione Marina Picasso, 1981, no. 275, iluustrated in the catalogue

Tokyo, The National Museum of Modern Art & Kyoto Municipal Museum, Picasso, Masterpieces from Marina Picasso Collection and from Museums in USA and USSR, 1983, no. 179, illustrated in color in the catalogue

Melbourne, National Gallery of Victoria & Sidney, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Picasso, 1984, no. 145

Schwerin, Staatliches Museum, Pablo Picasso. Der Reiz der Fläche / The Appeal of Surface, 1999,  no. 19, illustrated in color in the catalogue

Geneva, Galerie Jan Krugier, Ditesheim & Cie & New York, Jan Krugier Gallery, Pablo Picasso Metamorphoses. Oeuvres de 1898 à 1973 de la collection Marina Picasso, 2001, no. 81, illustrated in color in the catalogue

Kunstmuseum Bern, PICASSO und die Schweiz, 2001-02 , no.135, illustrated in color in the catalogue

Barcelona, Museu Picasso, Picasso : Guerra y Paz,  2004, no. 157, illustrated in color in the catalogue

Valencia, Instituto Valencia d'Arte Modern (IVAM), El fuego bajo las cenizas (de Picasso a Basquiat), 2005, illustrated in color in the catalogue

Paris, Fondation Dina Vierny - Musée Maillol, Le Feu sous les Cendres, de Picasso à Basquiat, 2005-06, illustrated in color in the catalogue

Literature

The Picasso Project, ed., Picasso's Paintings, Watercolors, Drawings and Sculpture. Liberation and Post-War Years. 1944-1949, San Francisco, 2000, no. 46-053, illustrated p. 74

Catalogue Note

Measuring over two meters long, Picasso's impressive depiction of a reclining woman dates from his time in the South of France with Francoise Gilot.  This sunny change of scenery followed years of forced confinement in occupied Paris during the war and was conducive to some of the artist's most expansive and celebratory images of the decade.  The present work was painted in June of the summer of 1946 and depicts a reclining woman, presumably inspired by Gilot.  Two works on paper (Zervos XIV nos. 188 and 191) completed on the same date also relate to this composition.  Picasso would return to this theme later in the year for a composition that now hangs in the the Musée Picasso in Antibes.  That same summer, Dor de la Souchère, conservator of the Château d'Antibes, met the artist on the beach and offered Picasso free use of the vast halls for his paintings.  As a result, Antibes boasts the first Museum dedicated exclusively to his work, for Picasso left his entire production of October and November in the stately rooms where it was done.  The present work, which Picasso kept in his own collection, anticipates the palette and stylization of the pictures now featured in his eponymous museum on the Mediterranean coast.
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