Standing Nude Artist: Pablo Picasso (Spanish, active France, 1881–1973)

early 1910

Prints and Drawings

After buying Vase, Gourd, and Fruit on a Table in 1909, Gertrude Stein and her brother Leo did not purchase any paintings from Picasso in 1910 or 1911. Leo disapproved of Picasso’s move toward abstraction. Gertrude, however, came to admire the complexity of Cubism and resumed collecting his work in 1912. Picasso’s intense exploration of a Cubist visual language is evident in this work, which is from a series of drawings and paintings of the female nude from early 1910. Though difficult to discern, the figure seems to lean on a mantelpiece or a sculpture stand, her hands interlaced and her forearms draped over the top and side of the shelf. Picasso’s nudes became increasingly abstract in the summer of 1910, when he included the form as one of four illustrations for Max Jacob’s autobiographical novel, Saint Matorel, during his summer stay in Cadaqués, Catalonia (Spain).


Pen and Ink


sight in frame: 24 3/16 × 16 9/16 in. (61.5 × 42 cm)
framed: 33 1/2 × 25 1/2 in. (85.09 × 64.77 cm)

Credit Line

Gift of Walter Bareiss, B.S. 1940S

Accession Number



20th century


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Adrien Chappuis, Paris, before 1942 (Chappuis is author of catalogue raisonne of Cezanne drawings; known as Cezanne scholar); Richard Davis; Walter Bariess, before 1965.
  • Susan Greenberg Fisher et al., Picasso and the Allure of Language, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2009), 54, 56, no. 5, fig. 1
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Additional information


in pencil, verso, LL, "6a"\r\nin pencil, verso, "M (?) bis eau blanc marges (?) au (?) blanc arches cad (?) magnolia"\r\nwatermark, LR "Ingres 1871"\r\nwatermark, UR with "CF" and "(France)"


in pencil, LR: "Picasso"
in graphite, verso, LL, "Picasso"

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