Pablo Picasso. Two Nudes. Paris, late 1906

Pablo Picasso

Two Nudes

Paris, late 1906

Oil on canvas
59 5/8 x 36 5/8" (151.3 x 93 cm)
Gift of G. David Thompson in honor of Alfred H. Barr, Jr.
Object number
© 2016 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Painting and Sculpture
This work is on view on Floor 5, in Painting and Sculpture I, Gallery 2, with 21 other works online.
Pablo Picasso has 1,238 works online.
There are 2,242 paintings online.

The terracotta shades and heavy monumentality of the figures in Two Nudes derive from Picasso's interest at the time in the ancient Iberian sculpture of his native Spain. Like many artists in the first decades of the twentieth century, Picasso found ancient and non-western art to be fruitful alternatives both to the prescribed forms of academic painting and the visual culture of industrial modernity. These two women are nearly mirror images, but the face of the figure on the left bears a strong resemblance to that of the figure on the far left in Les Demoiselles dAvignon. Like the woman in Demoiselles, with whom she shares her chiseled nose and dark, hollow eyes, this woman holds open what appears to be a curtain and gazes outward, as though beckoning viewers in.

Gallery label from 2009

Provenance Research Project
This work is included in the Provenance Research Project, which investigates the ownership history of works in MoMA's collection.
Ambroise Vollard (1867-1939), Paris. Until 1915
John Quinn, New York. Acquired from Vollard through Carroll Galleries, New York, April 1915 - 1924
Quinn Estate, 1924 - 1926
Paul Rosenberg, Paris. By 1932
Rosenberg and Helft, London. By 1939 - until 1946 at least. (In Rosenberg collection, by 1932 - at least 1946)
Keith Warner, Vermont
E. and A. Silberman Galleries, New York. By January 1953 - at least until end of 1953
G. David Thompson, Pittsburgh. By 1955 - 1959
The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of G. David Thompson in honor of Alfred H. Barr, Jr., 1959

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