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Seated Female Nude

Pablo Ruiz y Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973)

The figure is a solid form, painted with a terracotta and gray palette suggestive of sculpture. The surrounding space, by contrast, seems planed or thinned out, and the rose rectangle in the five-sided polygon between the knees only faintly evokes a seat.

This composition addresses an overarching theme of Picasso’s art at this time: how to tip the balance from the illusion of a three-dimensional form to a more abstract type of picture-making.

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