Pablo Picasso (1881–1973)
Female Nude with Her Arm Resting on a Chair
Samuel Courtauld Trust: Princes Gate Bequest, 1978
© 2012 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Monumentally conceived figures appear frequently in Picasso's work of the early 1920s. This female nude, towering over a chair, was first planned as a smaller figure, perhaps partially draped, as the emphatic curved strokes across her middle indicate. The outlines of this initial figure are clearly visible, for instance below the contour of the shoulders. Picasso modeled the figure by lightly smudging the friable charcoal on the paper, giving it a sense of volume.
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