Reclining Nude (Fernande)

Reclining Nude (Fernande)

1906

Pablo Picasso

(Spanish, 1881-1973)

Watercolor and gouache, with graphite and possibly charcoal

Support: Beige modern laid paper

Sheet: 47.3 x 61.3 cm (18 5/8 x 24 1/8 in.)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Straight 1954.865

Catalogue raisonné: Daix, Boudaille, and Rosselet XV.47

Fun Fact

Picasso mixed his paints with an unidentified material to produce the spotted effect most noticeable on Fernande's lower torso and the blue blanket below her.

Description

This drawing depicts Picasso's lover Fernande Olivier, with whom he spent the summer of 1906 in the remote Spanish village of Gósol, where he made this sheet. Picasso was engaged in radical experimentation with technique and simplified formal distortions at this time, and this shift in his work can be seen in Fernande's stylized face and somewhat disjointed gesture, and in the expressive strokes and spotted effects of the gouache.

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