About This Artwork

Pablo Picasso
Spanish, 1881-1973

Head of a Woman, spring 1909

Gouache, watercolor, and black and ochre chalks, manipulated with stump and wet brush, on cream laid paper
625 x 480 mm
Signed verso, upper left, in graphite: "Picasso / 09"

Edward E. Ayer Endowment Fund in memory of Charles L. Hutchinson, 1945.136

© 2018 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Exhibition, Publication and Ownership Histories

Exhibition History

Paris, Galerie Kahnweiler, 1909.

Munich, Modern Galerie, Neue Künstlervereinigung, September 1–14, 1910, cat. 84 (ill.).

Berlin, Paul Cassirer, January–February 1911, cat. 45.

Berlin, Der Sturm, Dritte Ausstellung, May 1912, cat. 125.

Munich, Modern Galerie, Thannhauser, "Pablo Picasso," February 1913, cat. 36. (ill.).

New York, The Museum of Modern Art, "Picasso: Forty Years of His Art," November 15, 1939–January 7, 1940, p. 69, cat. 87; traveled to The Art Institute of Chicago, February 1–March 3, 1940, the St. Louis Art Museum, March 16–April 14, 1940, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, April 26–May 25, 1940.

Richmond, Va., Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, "Collection of Walter P. Chrysler, Jr.," January
16–March 4, 1941, pp. 90–91, cat. 160 (ill.); traveled to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, March 29–May 11, 1941.

Newport, R.I., Art Association of Newport, 1941.

The Art Institute of Chicago, "Drawings: Old and New," 1946, pp. 21–22, pl. XXIV, cat. 41.

The Art Institute of Chicago, "Gallery of Art Interpretation: Presenting the Art Institute's Picassos," September–December 1955, no cat.

New York, Museum of Modern Art, "Picasso: 75th Anniversary," May 22–September 8, 1957, p. 37; travled to The Art Institute of Chicago, October 29–December 8, 1957.

Philadelphia Museum of Fine Arts, "Picasso: A Loan Exhibition of His Paintings, Drawings, Sculpture, Ceramics, Prints, and Illustrated Books," January 8–February 23, 1958, p. 16, cat. 48 (ill.).

Boston, Museum of Fine Arts, "Major Artists of the 20th Century," November 8–December 6, 1959.

Fort Worth, Tex., Fort Worth Art Center Museum, and the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, "Picasso: Two Concurrent Retrospective Exhibitions," February 8–March 26, 1967, p. 102, cat. 163.

London, Tate Gallery, "Picasso: Sculpture/Ceramics/Graphic Work," June 9–August 13, 1967, p. 123, cat. 241 (ill.).

The Art Institute of Chicago, "Picasso in Chicago," February 3–March 31, 1968, pp. 56, 66, and 116, cat. 70 (ill.).

Paris, Musée du Louvre, "Dessins Français de l’Art Institute de Chicago," October 15, 1976–January 17, 1977, n. p., cat. 80 (ill.).

Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany, Städtische Galerie im Städelsches Kunstinstitut, "Französische Zeichnungen aus dem Art Institute of Chicago," February 10–April 10, 1977, pp. 178–179, cat. 86 (ill.).

Bielefeld, Germany, Kunsthalle Bielefeld, "Zeichnungen und Collagen des Kubismus," March 11–April 29, 1979, cat. 53 (ill.).

Cambridge, Mass., Fogg Art Museum, "Master Drawings by Picasso," February 20–April 5, 1981, pp. 102–103, cat. 35 (ill.); traveled to The Art Institute of Chicago, April 29–June 14, 1981, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, July 11–August 23, 1981.

Tübingen, Germany, Kunsthalle Tübingen, "Picasso, Pastelle Zeichnungen Aquarelle," April 5–May 25, 1986, cat. 61 (ill.).

Washington, D.C, The National Gallery of Art, "Picasso: The Cubist Portraits of Fernande Olivier," September 28, 2003–January 18, 2004, pp. 39, 58–59, cat. 10 (ill.).

The Art Institute of Chicago, "Modern and Contemporary Works on Paper," March 24-September 13, 2009, no cat.

Art Institute of Chicago, "Picasso and Chicago", February 20-May 12, 2013, p. 49, cat. 38 (ill.), cat. by Stephanie d'Alessandro.

Publication History

Christian Zervos, Pablo Picasso II (Paris, 1940), p. 72, no. 140 (ill.).

Joan Merli, Picasso (Buenos Aires, 1942), p. 265 (ill.).

Paul Eluard, A Pablo Picasso (Geneva, 1945), p. 121 (ill.).

Alfred H. Barr, Jr., Picasso: Fifty Years of his Art (New York, 1946), p. 280.

Carl Schniewind, "Chicago Reveals Its Master Portfolio," ArtNews XLV:1 (March 1946) (ill.).

“Drawings in Chicago,” The Art Digest 20:12 (March 15, 1946), p. 12.

Joan Merli, Picasso (Buenos Aires, 1948), fig. 176.

Jean Cassou and Philippe Jaccottet, Le Dessin Français au XXe Siecle (Lausanne, 1951), p. 183, pl. 82 (ill.).

Anthony Bertram, Picasso (The World’s Masters—New Series) (London: The Studio Publications, 1951), pl. 10.

Paul Sachs, Modern Prints and Drawings (New York, 1954), p. 100, pl. 89 (ill.).

Frank Elgar and Robert Maillard, Picasso (Paris, 1955), p. 60 (ill.).

Jakob Rosenberg, Great Draughtsmen from Pisanello to Picasso (Cambridge, 1959), pp. 126-127, fig. 231 (ill.).

Alberto Martini, Picasso, Part I (I maestri del colore, 56) (Milan, 1965), n. p. (ill.).

H. H. Arnason, History of Modern Art: Painting, Sculpture, Architecture (New York, 1968), pp. 125 and 126, fig. 206.

William Rubin, Pablo Picasso in the Collection of the Museum of Modern Art (New York, 1972), p. 14 (ill.).

Franco Russoli and Fiorella Minervino, L’opera completa di Picasso cubista (Milan: Rizzoli, 1972), pp. 98–99, no. 232 (ill.).

Donald E. Gordon, Modern Art Exhibitions 1900–1916, Selected Catalogue Documentation, 2 vols. (Munich, 1974), I: 180 and 245, fig. 628 and 1208, II: 424, 458, 582, and 664.

Guy Hubbard and Mary J. Rouse, Art: Choosing and Expressing (Westchester, Ill., 1977), p. 195 (ill.).

Jean Leymarie, Geneviève Monnier, and Bernice Rose, History of an Art: Drawing (New York, 1979), p. 201 (ill.).

Pierre Daix and Joan Rosselet, Le Cubisme de Picasso: Catalogue raisonné de l'oeuvre peint 1907-1916 (Neuchâtel, 1979), pp. 239 and 257, no. 264 (ill.).

Josep Palau i Fabre, Picasso Cubism (1907–1917) (Barcelona, 1990), pp. 120 and 121, no. 331 (ill.).

Pablo Picasso: Ludwig Coleccíon, exh. cat. (Munich, 1992), p. 66 (ill.).

Christian Geelhaar, Picasso: Wegbereiter und Förderer seines Aufstiegs 1899–1939 (Zurich, 1993), p. 237, included in fig. 267.

Howard J. Smagula, Creative Drawing (Madison, 1993), p. 160, fig. 7.18.

John Richardson, A Life of Picasso: Volume II 1907–1917 (New York, 1996), pp. 323, 468, and 469 (ill.).

August Macke und die frühe Moderne in Europa, exh. cat. (Ostfildern-Ruit, 2001), pp. 210 and 213, fig. 8.

Enrique Mallen, The Visual Grammar of Pablo Picasso (New York, 2003), pp. 120, 148, and 311, fig. 88.

Enrique Mallen, The On-Line Picasso Project, (http://www.tamu.edu/mocl/picasso/), no. 09:48 (ill.).

Ownership History

Galerie Kahnweiler, Paris. Mme Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Berlin, by 1910 [according Daix and Rosselet 1979]. Alfred Flechtheim (1878–1937), Berlin and London [according to Virginia 1941]. Douglas Cooper (1911–1984), London [according to Daix and Rosselet 1979]. Paul Rosenberg (1881–1959), Paris. Buchholz Gallery (opened 1937), New York [according to a letter from Theodore Schempp dated June 1, 1945 in curatorial file]. Walter P. Chrysler, Jr. (1909–1988), New York, by 1939 [New York 1939]; sold, Parke-Bernet, New York, Mar. 22, 1945, lot 94. Sold by Theodore Schempp to the Art Institute, 1945.

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