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

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  • A work made of oil and chalk on canvas.

Date:

1927

Artist:

Pablo Picasso
Spanish, active France, 1881–1973

About this artwork

Head is an example of Pablo Picasso’s constant experimentation with style and technique: to make this work, he laid the canvas flat and sprinkled powdered pigment, in a manner similar to Native American sand painting, onto the still-wet painted surface. In some areas, Picasso left layers of the powdery material undisturbed, making a rough surface; in others, he scraped the pigment off, producing a flat and blurred effect. The experimental qualities of Head certainly appealed to its first owner, English Surrealist artist Gordon Onslow Ford, who asked André Breton to contact him if he found any "marvelous" works for sale. Ford enthusiastically purchased this painting after seeing a photograph that Breton sent to him in response to his request.

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Modern Art

Artist

Pablo Picasso

Title

Figure

Origin

Spain

Date

1927

Medium

Oil and chalk on canvas

Dimensions

39 3/8 × 31 7/8 in. (100 × 81 cm)

Credit Line

Gift of Florene May Schoenborn and Samuel A. Marx

Reference Number

1951.185

Copyright

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

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