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Prints and Drawings
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Artist: Pablo Picasso, Spanish, active France, 1881–1973

Painter and Model Knitting, for Honoré de Balzac’s Le chef-d’oeuvre inconnu (The Unknown Masterpiece)

1927

Etching

7 5/8 × 10 7/8 in. (19.4 × 27.6 cm)
Purchased by the University
1948.65
Picasso’s twelve etchings for Honoré de Balzac’s Le chef-d’oeuvre inconnu are held together by the common theme of the artist, model, and studio. But among them, only the final image, Painter and Model Knitting, corresponds directly to a scene described in Balzac’s text. Picasso depicts the main character, the artist Frenhofer, at work on his “unknown masterpiece” of a female nude, which after ten years of obsessive work has become an incomprehensible abstraction.
Geography: 
Possibly made in Italy
Status: 
By appointment
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), 104–11, no. 12, ill.

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 such records is ongoing.