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Nu assis sur bleu
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Nu assis sur bleu

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About the item

Upon the outbreak of World War II, Pablo Picasso moved to Royan, seventy-five miles north of Bordeaux, on the Atlantic coast of France.  There he completed many portraits of his model and lover, Dora Maar, a Surrealist photographer who he met in 1935.  Picasso was infatuated with Maar’s beauty and intellectual fortitude.  His fiery relationship with this young woman led Picasso to create some of the most powerful portraitsof his career.  In Nu assis sur bleu, he magnificently abstracts Maar’s image, revealing the complexity of his relationship with her and the emotions that she inspired in him.\nPicasso gave the present work to his long-time dealer, Paul Rosenberg, who moved his gallery from Paris to New York the year after this picture was painted.  Thanks to the research of Elaine Rosenberg, the dealer's daughter-in-law, we know that Picasso had written "pour Paul Rosenberg" in the upper-left corner of the composition, near the signature.  Paul Rosenberg later asked a conservator to remove the dedication.\nSigned Picasso (upper left) and dated 22.10.39. (lower right); dated Royan 22.10.39. on the reverse
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medium

Oil on canvas

creator

Pablo Picasso

dimensions

16 1/8 by 13 in.

exhibition

Zürich, Kunsthaus; Dusseldorf, Kunstmuseum; The Hague, Haags Gemeentemuseum; New York, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum & Turin, Galleria Civica d'Arte Moderna, G. David Thompson Collection, Pittsburgh, 1960-61

provenance

Paul Rosenberg, Paris and New York (acquired from the artist) G. David Thompson, Pittsburgh Richard Feigen Gallery, Chicago Acquired by the family of the present owner in the 1970s

signedDate

Signed Picasso (upper left) and dated 22.10.39. (lower right); dated Royan 22.10.39. on the reverse

time_period

Painted on October 22, 1939.

consignmentDesignation

Property of a Private Italian Collector

creator_nationality_dates

1881-1973


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