1881, Malaga, Spain – 1973, Mougins, France
Woman’s Head, 1963
Oil on canvas, 73 х 55 cm
Acquisition: Gift by the artist
The donation was a personal choice by the artist obtained in 1965 through the cooperation of Mr. Jean Cassou, former director of the Paris National Museum of Modern Art from the Louis Leiris Gallery as а representative of his work. Head of a Woman oil on canvas, 73 x 54, was painted in one of the artist’s last studios. It was part of a series of portraits of women, his favorite motif that had initially appeared in 1932 with cubist distortions typical for his late period.
On 17 November, 1971 the painting was stolen from the permanent exhibition. At the same time several of his paintings were also stolen from some galleries in Paris. The painting was returned on 21 April, 1972. It was represented in several museum exhibitions, and in 1994 it was included, in ironical manner, in the multimedia installation The Superstitious Man by the Bulgarian artist Nedko Solakov.
Pablo Ruiz Picasso (25 October 1881 – 8 April 1973) was a Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist and theatre designer who spent most of his adult life in France. One of the most influential artists of the 20th century, he is known for co-founding the Cubist movement, the invention of constructed sculpture, the co-invention of collage, and for the wide variety of styles that he helped develop and explore. Among his most famous works are the proto-Cubist Les Demoiselles d’Avignon (1907), and the anti-war painting Guernica (1937), a dramatic portrayal of the bombing of Guernica by German and Italian air forces during the Spanish Civil War.
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