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Fernande Olivier

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

Object Place: France


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

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas

On View

Saundra B. and William H. Lane Galleries (Gallery 328)





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.


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)

[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


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