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 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, room 13

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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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Kunst|Stück – Pablo Picasso: Bildnis Fernande Olivier
Sammlungshighlights des Städel Museums in unterhaltsamen und informativen Filmen – das sind die Kunst|Stücke. Entdecken Sie spannende Details zu Kunstwerken aus ungewöhnlichen Blickwinkeln in unter zwei Minuten. Pablo Picasso: Bildnis Fernande Olivier (1909), Städel Museum Frankfurt. https://sammlung.staedelmuseum.de/de/werk/bildnis-fernande-olivier#yt

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07.06.2024