About This Artwork

Pablo Picasso
Spanish, 1881-1973

Crazy Woman with Cats, 1901

Oil on pulp board
17 7/16 x 16 1/16 in. (44.3 x 40.8 cm)
Signed. l.r.: "Picasso"

Amy McCormick Memorial Collection, 1942.464

© 2014 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Exhibition, Publication and Ownership Histories

Exhibition History

Paris, Galeries Vollard, Exposition de tableaux de F. Iturrino et de P. R. Picasso, June 25–July 14, 1901, cat. 17, as La Folle aux Chats.

New York, Reinhardt Galleries, Exhibition of Drawings, Paintings and Water Colors by Picasso, Matisse, Derain, Modigliani, Braque, Dufy, Utrillo, Vlaminck, Laurencin, Henri Rousseau, Gauguin, Redon, and Others, Oct. 12–Nov. 9, 1929, cat. 3, as Woman and Cats.

Providence, R.I., Rhode Island School of Design, Modern French Art, Mar. 11–31, 1930, cat. 28, as Woman with Cat.

Chicago, Art Institute, Summer Exhibition: Loan Collection of Old and Modern Masters from Chicago Collections, July 25–Oct. 13, 1935, no. 32, no cat.

Chicago, Arts Club, Loan Exhibition of Modern Paintings and Drawings from Private Collections in Chicago, Nov. 4–25, 1938, cat. 108, as Woman Playing with Cats.

Palm Beach, Fla., Society of the 4 Arts, Spanish Painting, Jan. 11–Feb. 6, 1952, cat. 35, as Woman with Cats.

Denver Art Museum, Ten Directions by Ten Artists, Jan. 7–Feb. 14, 1954, cat. 60, as Woman with Cat, 1901.

Chicago, Art Institute, Gallery of Art Interpretation: Presenting the Art Institute's Picassos, Sept. 12–Dec. 15, 1955, no cat., as Woman with a Cat, 1901.

Coral Gables, Fla., Joe and Emily Lowe Art Gallery of the University of Miami, Renoir to Picasso 1914, Feb. 8–Mar. 10, 1963, cat. 90 (ill.), as Woman with Cats, 1901.

Toronto, Art Gallery, Picasso and Man, Jan. 11–Feb. 16, 1964, cat. 8 (ill.), as Nude Woman with Cats/Nu et chats, Paris 1901; traveled to Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Feb. 28–Mar. 31, 1964.

Chicago, Art Institute, Picasso in Chicago: Paintings, Drawings, and Prints from Chicago Collections, Feb. 3–Mar. 31, 1968, cat. 2 (ill.), as Nude with Cats, 1901.

New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Cézanne to Picasso: Ambroise Vollard, Patron of the Avant–Garde, Sept. 13, 2006–Jan. 7, 2007, cat. 140, fig. 111, as Crazy Woman with Cats, 1901; traveled to Chicago, Art Institute, Feb. 17–May 13, 2007 and Paris, Musée d’Orsay, June 18–Sept. 16, 2007.

Amsterdam, van Gogh Museum, Picasso in Paris 1900–1907: Eating Fire, Feb. 18–May 29, 2011, pl. 25, as Madwoman with Cats, Paris, 1901; traveled to Barcelona, Museu Picasso, June 30–Oct. 15, 2011 [as Devorar París: Picasso, 1900–1907].

Chicago, Art Institute, Picasso and Chicago, Feb. 20–May 12, 2013, cat. 5 (ill.).

Publication History

Galeries Vollard, Exposition de tableaux de F. Iturrino et de P. R. Picasso, exh. cat. (Galeries Vollard, 1901), p. 10, cat. 17, as La Folle aux Chats.

Reinhardt Galleries, Exhibition of Drawings, Paintings and Water Colors by Picasso, Matisse, Derain, Modigliani, Braque, Dufy, Utrillo, Vlaminck, Laurencin, Henri Rousseau, Gauguin, Redon, and Others, exh. cat. (Reinhardt Galleries, 1929), n.pag., cat. 3, as Woman and Cats.

“Reinhardt Galleries Show Paintings Recently Brought from Europe,” Art News 28, 3 (October 19, 1929), pp. 4, 5 (ill.), as Woman and Cats.

Rhode Island School of Design, Modern French Art, exh. cat. (Rhode Island School of Design, 1930), n.pag., cat. 28, as Woman with Cat.

Christian Zervos, Pablo Picasso, vol. I, Œuvres de 1895 a 1906 (Cahiers d’Art, 1932), pl. 46, no. 93; n.pag., no. 93, as Nu et chats, Paris, 1901.

Eleanor Jewett, “Summer Show at Institute Is Worth Seeing,” Chicago Daily Tribune, July 25, 1935, p. 13, as Woman with Cats.

Arts Club of Chicago, Loan Exhibition of Modern Paintings and Drawings from Private Collections in Chicago, exh. cat. (Arts Club of Chicago, 1938), n.pag., cat. 108, as Woman Playing with Cats.

Alfred H. Barr, Jr., Picasso: Fifty Years of His Art (Museum of Modern Art, 1946), p. 280, as Woman with Cats, 1901.

Joan Merli, Picasso, 2nd ed. (Editorial Poseidon, 1948), n.pag., fig. 55, as Desnudo y gatos, 1901.

Society of the 4 Arts, Spanish Painting, exh. cat. (Society of the 4 Arts, 1952), n.pag., cat. 35, as Woman with Cats.

John Ulbricht, Ten Directions by Ten Artists, exh. cat. (Denver Art Museum, 1954), n.pag., cat. 60, as Woman with Cat, 1901.

Art Institute of Chicago, Paintings in the Art Institute of Chicago: A Catalogue of the Picture Collection (Art Institute of Chicago, 1961), p. 356, as Woman with Cats, 1901.

Joe and Emily Lowe Art Gallery of the University of Miami, Renoir to Picasso 1914, exh. cat. (University of Miami, 1963), pp. 20; 58, cat. 90 (ill.), as Woman with Cats, 1901.

Jean Sutherland Boggs, Picasso and Man, exh. cat. (Art Gallery of Toronto, 1964), p. 29, cat. 8 (ill.), as Nude Woman with Cats/Nu et chats, Paris 1901.

Pierre Daix and Georges Boudaille, Picasso 1900–1906: Catalogue raisonné de l'oeuvre peint (Editions Ides et Calendes, 1966), pp. 44; 154; 156; 166, cat. V. 16 (ill.), as Nu aux chats, Paris, 1901.

Art Institute of Chicago, Picasso in Chicago: Paintings, Drawings, and Prints from Chicago Collections, exh. cat. (Art Institute of Chicago, 1968), pp. 11, cat. 2 (ill.); 112, as Nude with Cats, 1901.

Josep Palau i Fabre, Picasso vivent (1881–1907) (Ediciones Polígrafa, 1980), pp. 239, fig. 612; 249, no. 17 (ill.); 534, cat. 612, as La folla dels gats, Paris, 1901.

A. James Speyer and Courtney Graham Donnell, Twentieth Century European Paintings (University of Chicago Press, 1980), pp. 15; 62, no. 3C9; microfiche 3, no. C9 (ill.), as Woman with Cats, 1901.

Julia May Boddewyn, “Selected Chronology of Exhibitions, Auctions, and Magazine Reproductions, 1910–1957,” in Michael FitzGerald, Picasso and American Art, exh. cat. (Whitney Museum of American Art/Yale University Press, 2006), pp. 336, 343, 347.

Asher Ethan Miller, “140. Pablo Picasso, Crazy Woman with Cats,” in Cézanne to Picasso: Ambroise Vollard, Patron of the Avant-Garde, exh. cat. ed. Rebecca A. Rabinow (Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2006), p. 384, cat. 140.

Rebecca A. Rabinow, “Exhibitions chez Vollard, 1894–1911,” in Cézanne to Picasso: Ambroise Vollard, Patron of the Avant-Garde, exh. cat. ed. Rebecca A. Rabinow (Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2006), p. 314, no. 17, as La Folle aux cats.

Gary Tinterow with research by Asher Ethan Miller, “Vollard and Picasso,” in Cézanne to Picasso: Ambroise Vollard, Patron of the Avant-Garde, exh. cat. ed. Rebecca A. Rabinow (Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2006), p. 105, fig. 111.

Richard Kendall, “Chapter 2: Neighbors in Montmartre,” in Picasso Looks at Degas, exh. cat. eds. Elizabeth Cowling and Richard Kendall (Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute/Museu Picasso, 2010), pp. 75, fig. 85.

The Picasso Project, Picasso’s Paintings, Watercolors, Drawings and Sculpture: A Comprehensive Illustrated Catalogue 1885–1973, vol. 22, Turn of the Century, 1900–1901, Barcelona, Madrid and Paris (Alan Wofsy Fine Arts, 2010), pp. 235, cat. 1901-415 (ill.); 271; 276, as Nu aux chats, 1901.

Marilyn McCully, Picasso in Paris 1900–1907: Eating Fire, exh. cat. (Van Gogh Museum/Museu Picasso/Mercatorfonds, 2011), pp. 50; 54, pl. 25; 239, as Madwoman with Cats, Paris, 1901.

Enrique Mallen, ed., The On-Line Picasso Project, Sam Houston State University, n.d., https://picasso.shsu.edu/index.php?view=ArtworkInfo&OPPID=OPP.01:194 (accessed Oct. 2012), cat. 01:194 (ill.), as Nu aux chats, Paris, Late-May~Late-June/1901.

Stephanie D’Alessandro, Picasso and Chicago: 100 Years, 100 Works (Art Institute of Chicago/Yale University Press, 2013), pp. 19; 28; 33, pl. 2; 102, cat. 5.

Ownership History

Possibly Pere Mañach, Paris, acquired as compensation from the artist, 1901 [New York 2006 exh. cat.]. Paul Guillaume (1891–1934), Paris [Zervos 1932; Daix and Boudaille 1966]. Reinhardt Galleries, New York, by 1929 to at least 1930 [New York 1929 exh. cat.; Providence, R.I. 1930 exh. cat.]. Amy McCormick (Mrs. Robert R. McCormick, formerly Amie de Houle Adams, née Amie de Houle Irwin, May 15, 1874–Aug. 16, 1939) and Colonel Robert Rutherford McCormick (July 30, 1880–Apr. 1, 1955), Chicago, by July 1, 1935 [Receipt of Object 6030 dated July 1, 1935]; given to the Art Institute, Nov. 12, 1942 [Minutes of the Meeting of the Board of Trustees, Nov. 12, 1942, pp. 1–2].




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