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Category:Paintings
Date:1900s
Country:Spain (294)
On View:Stockholm
Artist
Pablo Picasso
1881 - 1973
Spain Buste de femme, 1907
Kvinnobyst
Bust of a Woman
Olja på duk
Bildmått: 54 x 41 cm ( 21 1/4 x 16 1/8 in.) Yttermått (Ram): 84,5 x 70 x 5,5 cm ( 33 1/4 x 27 9/16 x 2 3/16 in.)
Paintings
Purchase 1964 (The Museum of Our Wishes)
NM 5770 On view at Stockholm
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- About the work
In 1907, Picasso completed the painting "Les demoiselles d'Avignon", one of the finest cubist work: a large, pink canvas inhabited by five female figures in varying degrees of stylised portrayal and cubist remodelling, with a composition that literally unfolds before our eyes. The subject is a scene from a brothel. The painting is now in the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Moderna Museet's small painting is a study for one of the women, and it clearly reveals how the artist has been inspired by the style of the African masks he had begun to collect at this time. The browny-green palette of the sketch also appears to be influenced by African wood sculptures. The art dealer Kahnweiler was one of the few in 1907 who was able to see - and hear - what Picasso was doing. He later wrote, "The birth of Cubism! The first attempt. An equally desperate and revolutionary struggle with each and every problem at the same time. What problems? Well, the fundamental problems of painting: to convey volume and colour on a flat surface so that they become one with that surface… Wrecklessly, Picasso attacks all the problems in one sweep.  He paints razor-sharp shapes, mostly heads and models, in the brightest colours, yellow, red, blue, black. The colours are applied as linearly as guidelines, to create volume together with the outlines."
In 1907, Picasso completed the painting "Les demoiselles d'Avignon", one of the finest cubist work: a large, pink canvas inhabited by five female figures in varying degrees of stylised portrayal and cubist remodelling, with a composition that literally unfolds before our eyes. The subject is a scene from a brothel. The painting is now in the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Moderna Museet's small painting is a study for one of the women, and it clearly reveals how the artist has been inspired by the style of the African masks he had begun to collect at this time. The browny-green palette of the sketch also appears to be influenced by African wood sculptures. The art dealer Kahnweiler was one of the few in 1907 who was able to see - and hear - what Picasso was doing. He later wrote, "The birth of Cubism! The first attempt. An equally desperate and revolutionary struggle with each and every problem at the same time. What problems? Well, the fundamental problems of painting: to convey volume and colour on a flat surface so that they become one with that surface… Wrecklessly, Picasso attacks all the problems in one sweep.  He paints razor-sharp shapes, mostly heads and models, in the brightest colours, yellow, red, blue, black. The colours are applied as linearly as guidelines, to create volume together with the outlines."
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