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Portrait of a Woman

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Cubism, the watershed style invented by Picasso and Georges Braque, created a new and ambiguous relationship between three-dimensional form and the flat surface of the canvas. In austere, monochrome paintings, Picasso dissolved the language of pictorial representation into its basic elements of...

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By 1929-30, Earl Horter (b. 1881 - d. 1940), Philadelphia [see note 1]; 1934, sold by Horter to Mrs. Gilbert W. Chapman (Elizabeth Fuller Goodspeed) [see note 2], New York; 1977, sold by Chapman to the MFA. (Accession Date: February 9, 1977) NOTES: [1] It is uncertain when Mr. Horter purchased Portrait of a Woman (1910), however the painting was shown hanging in his living room in a photograph dated to 1929-30 and reproduced in the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s catalogue for the exhibit: “Mad for Modernism: Earl Horter and his Collection" (1934). [2] The MFA curatorial files contain a signed and dated declaration by Mrs. Chapman attesting to the date of purchase from Mr. Horter as 1934.

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Charles H. Bayley Picture and Painting Fund and Partial gift of Mrs. Gilbert W. Chapman


© 2011 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.



100.6 x 81.3 cm (39 5/8 x 32 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas