Portrait of Nusch Éluard

A work made of graphite, with stumping and touches of scraping and incising, on cream wove paper.
© 2018 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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  • A work made of graphite, with stumping and touches of scraping and incising, on cream wove paper.

Date:

May 1941

Artist:

Pablo Picasso
Spanish, 1881–1973

About this artwork

Nusch Éluard, wife of Paul Éluard, the French poet, collector, and champion of Surrealism, posed for Picasso many times. These depictions of Nusch, as well as their close relationship, led to rumors that the two were having an affair. Indeed, Paul was thought to have blessed and even encouraged the liaison as a way of symbolizing his love for both of them.

In this drawing of Nusch, the sitter is elegantly dressed and formally presented—she is erect and dignified. Her self-possession is emphasized by the constraints of her jacket. Of all Picasso’s portraits of Nusch, this is the most indebted to a realist vocabulary and the truest to the sitter’s beauty.

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Artist

Pablo Picasso

Title

Portrait of Nusch Éluard

Origin

Spain

Date

1941

Medium

Graphite, with stumping and touches of scraping and incising, on cream wove paper

Dimensions

369 x 262 mm

Credit Line

Gift of Dorothy Braude Edinburg to the Harry B. and Bessie K. Braude Memorial Collection

Reference Number

2013.1001

Copyright

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

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