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Work of the Week: Picasso

Picasso, Pine Tree Nude

On one level, this large painting of a nude was inspired by Picasso's second wife Jacqueline Roque. But it also belies a number of the artist's life-long thematic and stylistic interests. Over 40 years after Cubism's impetus, he continues to draw from that vocabulary with his use of geometric, flattened forms. It also takes inspiration from classical themes, with a reclining nude in a seemingly eternal landscape. The landscape, in fact, was in Provence, where Picasso lived with Roque. The location was also close to Mont Sainte-Victoire, the mountain that Cézanne memorialized.

If you find yourself at the museum, visit Picasso's Nude Under a Pine Tree, and then head up to the Post-Impressionist galleries for a deeper look at Picasso's connection to Cézanne, who Picasso referred to as his "one and only master."

Image Credit: Pablo Picasso. Nude under a Pine Tree, 1959. The Art Institute of Chicago, bequest of Grant J. Pick. © 2013 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.