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
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About Woman in an Armchair

Pablo Picasso’s “Woman in an Armchair” is a noteworthy piece of art that showcases his signature Analytical Cubist style. Completed in May 1929, the painting was influenced by Surrealism and several other inspirations. The artwork references Fang and Baule sculptures from Gabon and Ivory Coast. It also features elements reminiscent of French neoclassical painter Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres.

The oil on canvas artwork measures 32 x 25¾ inches and depicts Picasso’s second wife, Jacqueline Picasso. “Woman in an Armchair” is regarded as one of the most notable works produced by the Spanish artist. Known for his extensive oeuvre, which consists of over 20,000 paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures, ceramics, theater sets, and costume designs; Picasso is considered one of the most influential artists of the 20th century.

As with many of his works throughout history this painting is recognized for its striking colors along with abstract forms that present a unique way to view women at the time through this specific genre. By showcasing women through colors that are not typically identified with women (such as browns or blues instead of stereotypically feminine pinks), he helped elevate perceptions within society about individuals’ ability to express themselves outside societal norms while presenting them in new ways that were groundbreaking at the time but have become commonplace today.

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