Femme au fauteuil N° 4 (d'après le violet) [Woman in an Armchair No. 4 (from the violet)] Artist: Pablo Picasso (Spanish, active France, 1881–1973)

January 3, 1949

Prints and Drawings

This lithograph of Françoise Gilot, dressed in Renaissance-period costume, is part of the important and extensive Woman in an Armchair series that Picasso produced from 1947 to 1949. In this image, the woman’s head rests atop a disembodied torso of esoteric signs and symbols. Apart from the figure’s right hand and face, little remains of recognizable human anatomy. Rather than operate as part of a whole, the geometric designs on the dress read visually as separate units. Executed in the same years as the illuminations to Le chant des morts, a similar, distinct repertoire of barbell-like forms emerges in this series of lithographs, as well as in the contemporaneous prints at left and right.




sheet: 69.85 × 54.61 cm (27 1/2 × 21 1/2 in.)

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Gift of Molly and Walter Bareiss, B.S. 1940S

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20th century


Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of records is ongoing.

  • Susan Greenberg Fisher et al., Picasso and the Allure of Language, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2009), 186, 188–90, 192, no. 24, ill.
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in graphite lower right: Picasso

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