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Fernande Olivier

1905–06
Pablo Picasso (Spanish (worked in France), 1881–1973)


Object Place: France

Dimensions

Overall: 100 x 81 cm (39 3/8 x 31 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

2004.446

Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas

Out on Loan

On display at Nagoya/Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Japan, June 10, 2017 – October 15, 2017

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Paintings

In 1904 Picasso moved from Spain to Paris where he eventually settled in a studio in Montmartre. Shortly thereafter he met Fernande Olivier, an artist’s model. For the next six years Fernande was Picasso’s lover and muse, as well as model for paintings, drawings, and sculpture. (One of Picasso’s sculptures of her is in the MFA’s collection.) Painted with subtle assurance in thin, red-brown oils on a white ground, this work is an elegant hybrid of painting and drawing.

Provenance

By 1932, A. Saint, Paris [see note 1]. Galerie Perceir, Paris. By 1939, Arthur K. Solomon (b. 1912 - d. 2002), Cambridge, England and Cambridge, MA; 2004, gift of the Arthur K. Solomon collection to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 23, 2004)

NOTES:
[1] According to Christian Zervos, Pablo Picasso, vol. 1, Oeuvres de 1895 à 1906 (Paris, 1932), xlvi, no. 254.

Credit Line

Arthur K. Solomon Collection

Copyright

© 2011 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.