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Pablo Picasso
Woman Seated in an Armchair, (detail)
1923
Oil on canvas

51 1/4 x 38 1/4 inches
Bequest of Robert H. Tannahill

Detroit Institute of Arts

Provenance:
Formerly in the collection of: Pablo Picasso, 1923, Paul Rosenberg, Paris, June 26, 1929, M. Knoedler and Company, New York (by 1931), Robert H. Tannahill, Grosse Pointe Farms, 1932, The Detroit Institute of Arts, 1970

Collection record: Pablo Picasso, Woman Seated in an Armchair, 1923, Detroit Institute of Arts >>


Excerpt from Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York [Picasso’s Neoclassical Period]:

After World War I (1914–18), Picasso reverted to traditional styles, experimenting less with Cubism. In the early 1920s, he devised a unique variant of classicism using mythological images such as centaurs, minotaurs, nymphs, and fauns inspired by the classical world of Italy. Within this renewed expression, referred to as his Neoclassical Period, he created pictures dedicated to motherhood inspired by the birth of his son Paulo in 1921 (his first of four children by three women). Woman in White (53.140.4) of 1923 shows a woman clothed in a classic, toga-like, white dress resting calmly in a contemplative pose with tousled hair, eliciting a tender lyricism and calming spirit of maternity. Toward the end of the 1920s, Picasso drew on Surrealist imagery and techniques to make pictures of morphed and distorted figures. In Nude Standing by the Sea (1996.403.4) of 1929, Picasso’s figure recounts the classical pose of a standing nude with her arms upraised, but her body is swollen and monstrously rearranged.

See entire essay on Pablo Picasso: Pablo Picasso (1881–1973), Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Publications:
Stryker, Mark, Detroit Free Press, Thursday, July 10, 2014
"Artvest Partners evaluated 57,604 works of art at the DIA [Detroit Institute of Arts]. Here are the 12 most expensive from the report released Wednesday, each carrying a high estimate of at least $35 million. Where available, works are accompanied by evaluator comments [...] 3. Pablo Picasso, "Woman Seated in an Armchair." Oil on canvas. 1923. $40M-$60M"


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Pablo Picasso, Spanish, (1881-1973)
b. October 25, 1881, Málaga
d. 1973


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