Modern and Contemporary Art
Head of a WomanMade in Spain, Europe
Pablo Ruiz y Picasso, Spanish, 1881 - 1973
Crayon, ink, and graphite on canvas
1963-181-52The Louis E. Stern Collection, 1963
LabelPicasso was deeply disturbed by the brutal internecine conflict taking place in his native country following the onset of the Spanish Civil War, which began in July 1936 when General Francisco Franco led a military coup against the democratically elected Popular Front government of the Second Spanish Republic. Even this small image of a woman's head conveys the new atmosphere of pain and tension that entered Picasso's work at this time, as seen in the taut and spare network of acute angles that pinpoint uncomfortably her shuffled pair of staring eyes and inflated nostrils, which are viewed both frontally and in profile.
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