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Nude under a Pine Tree

A recumbent, full-figured nude rendered in pink and gray geometric shapes, her hands above her head, on a gray and blue ground, a brown tree with sparse needles behind her.
© 2018 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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  • A recumbent, full-figured nude rendered in pink and gray geometric shapes, her hands above her head, on a gray and blue ground, a brown tree with sparse needles behind her.

Date:

January 20, 1959

Artist:

Pablo Picasso
Spanish, active France, 1881-1973

About this artwork

For many artists living amid the destruction and rebuilding of postwar Europe, artworks of the past offered a sense of continuity and order. In Nude under a Pine Tree, Pablo Picasso looked to the long tradition of figurative painting, including the female nudes of Francisco de Goya. In contrast to his predecessors, however, Picasso placed the monumental figure on rocky terrain, rather than on a plush chaise. He also used bold, modernist forms that reference his own earlier artistic styles: the flattened face, segmented legs and torso, and multiple viewpoints recall some of his Cubist works, and the color palette evokes his classical style of the 1920s.

Status

On View, Gallery 394

Department

Modern Art

Artist

Pablo Picasso

Title

Nude under a Pine Tree

Place

Spain (Object made in)

Date

1959

Medium

Oil on canvas

Inscriptions

Signed, l.r.: "Picasso" Dated on verso: "20.1.59."

Dimensions

76 3/8 × 110 1/8 in. (194 × 279.5 cm)

Credit Line

Bequest of Grant J. Pick

Reference Number

1965.687

Copyright

© 2018 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Extended information about this artwork

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