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Artist: Pablo Picasso, Spanish, active France, 1881–1973

Femme au fauteuil N° 4 (d’après le violet) [Woman in an Armchair No. 4 (from the violet)]

January 3, 1949

Lithograph

sheet: 69.85 × 54.61 cm (27 1/2 × 21 1/2 in.)
Gift of Molly and Walter Bareiss, B.S. 1940S
1969.60.1
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.
Geography: 
Made in France
Culture: 
Spanish
Period: 
20th century
Classification: 
Works on Paper - Prints
Bibliography: 

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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