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Half-Length Female Nude

A work made of oil on canvas.
© 2018 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.


autumn 1906


Pablo Picasso
Spanish, active France, 1881–1973

About this artwork

From 1904 through 1906, Pablo Picasso moved away from the melancholic subjects of his Blue Period to the more optimistic themes of his Rose Period. In the summer of 1906, the artist traveled to the Catalan village of Gósol; upon his return to Paris that autumn, he painted Half-Length Female Nude. In stark contrast to the gaunt visage of The Old Guitarist, the angular, masklike qualities of the figure’s face reveal Picasso’s growing interest in ancient Iberian sculpture and non-Western art. In this way, the work anticipates his breakthrough to Cubism in 1907.


On loan to Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid for Picasso 1906: The Turning Point


Modern Art


Pablo Picasso


Half-Length Female Nude


Spain (Artist's nationality:)

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Oil on canvas


Signed, u.r.: "Picasso"


Canvas: 80.3 × 64.1 cm (31 5/8 × 25 1/4 in.); Panel: 81.6 × 65.4 cm (32 1/8 × 25 3/4 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Florene May Schoenborn and Samuel A. Marx

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

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