Woman in an Armchair (1913) by Pablo Picasso

Woman in an Armchair - Pablo Picasso - 1941

Artwork Information

TitleWoman in an Armchair
ArtistPablo Picasso
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions58 1/4 x 39 in. (148 x 99 cm.)
Art MovementCubism
Current LocationCollection Mrs. Victor W. Gantz, New York

About Woman in an Armchair

The artwork titled “Woman in an Armchair,” created in 1941 by the renowned artist Pablo Picasso, is an oil on canvas that exemplifies the innovative spirit of Cubism. The piece measures 58 1/4 by 39 inches (148 x 99 cm) and can be characterized as a portrait. This distinguished work of art forms part of the collection owned by Mrs. Victor W. Gantz in New York.

The artwork presents a figure that epitomizes the fragmented geometry and abstract representation closely associated with Cubism. It is dominated by angular shapes, overlapping planes, and a limited color palette that channels the viewer’s focus onto the composition rather than the realism of the subject. The figure of the woman is deconstructed and reassembled in a way that various perspectives can be viewed simultaneously, a hallmark of Picasso’s style during this period. The background is relatively flat, pushing the disjointed forms of the woman to the foreground, thereby creating an engaging visual dialogue between the subject and the space she occupies. The painting’s bold lines and the stark contrast between the colors utilized underscore the structural qualities of the work, inviting the observer to engage with the subject on a level beyond mere likeness.

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