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Woman with Loaves

Pablo Ruiz y Picasso, Spanish, 1881 - 1973

Made in France, Europe


Oil on canvas

39 3/16 × 27 1/2 inches (99.5 × 69.9 cm) Framed: 48 3/4 × 36 7/8 × 3 7/8 inches (123.8 × 93.6 × 9.8 cm)

© Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Gift of Charles E. Ingersoll, 1931

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When Charles Ingersoll donated Woman with Loaves to the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 1931, it was the first work by Picasso to enter its collection. The painting had caught the attention of his son R. Sturgis Ingersoll, a young lawyer and budding collector of modern art, who persuaded his conservative father to purchase the work on the Museum's behalf. When Charles Ingersoll first saw the painting, he was stunned by its unconventional appearance and declared, "Is that what I gave?" His son's instincts, however, proved correct as Woman with Loaves has long been considered one of the Museum's most important early acquisitions.