Pablo PicassoNude Woman with Necklace 1968

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Artist
Pablo Picasso (1881‑1973)
Title
Nude Woman with Necklace
Femme nue au collier
Date 1968
MediumOil paint on canvas
Dimensionssupport: 1135 x 1617 mm frame: 1181 x 1663 x 62 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1983
Reference
T03670

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Throughout his life, Picasso reworked the theme of the female nude. In his eighties, he revised the traditional ideal of beauty with particular violence, subjecting the body to a repeated assault in paint. Here, a reclining female figure is presented as a raw, sexualised arrangement of orifices, breasts and cumbersome limbs. ‘It’s all there’, Picasso said, ‘I try to do a nude as it is.’ The face is that of his second wife, Jacqueline Roque.

March 2009

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