Portrait of Fernande Olivier, Pablo Picasso
Pablo Picasso
Portrait of Fernande Olivier
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Pablo Picasso

Portrait of Fernande Olivier, 1909


Dimensions
65.0 x 54.5 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
2110
Acquisition
Acquired in 1967, Property of Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.
Status
On display, 1st upper level, Modern Art

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About the Work

Picasso and his mistress Fernande Olivier spent the summer of 1909 in the mountains outside Saragossa. In the painting, Fernande’s countenance emerges from the barren scenery. In the words of Ernst Holzinger, Städel director from 1938 to 1972: “The hills and gorges of this facial landscape are tension-charged, the ridges, surfaces, angles of crystalline conciseness.” The painting is among the key works of Analytical Cubism, which disintegrates the self-contained forms of the objects depicted in favour of an autonomous formal rhythm.

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Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Portrait of Fernande Olivier
Painter
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Material
Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert oben links: Picasso

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main, Eigentum des Städelschen Museums-Vereins e.V.
Picture Copyright
© Succession Picasso / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020
Acquisition
Acquired in 1967, Property of Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.

Work Content

Motifs and References

Genre
Main Motif
Persons Shown
Associated Persons and Institutions

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Secondary
Associative
  • 0 Abstract, Non-representational Art

Research and Discussion

Provenance

Object History
Paul Guillaume (1891-1934), Paris, seit mindestens 1929
[Nachlass Paul Guillaume (Domenica Guillaume), Paris, 1934]
Le Ray Berdeau (1888-1971), New York/West Palm Beach, FL
verkauft an Galerie Beyeler, Basel, 17. Oktober 1966
erworben durch den Städelschen Museumsverein, Frankfurt, 2. Dezember 1967.

Information

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Last update

03.11.2020