Head of Woman
Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973)
Not on View

One of the most vivid, recurring motifs throughout Picasso's career was the female head. In this late pastel, Picasso reached back to his early Cubist preoccupations with simultaneous representation of the object. The speed with which he recorded his idea for this head is evident in the sometimes sketchy, sometimes rough use of pastel on board. His colors, no doubt, have as much emotional as decorative value and bear no allegiance to reality.


  • Artist Name: Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973)
  • Title: Head of Woman
  • Date: 1971
  • Medium: Pastel on grey board
  • Dimensions: 11-5/8 x 8-1/4 in. (29.5 x 21 cm)
  • Credit Line: Norton Simon Art Foundation
  • Accession Number: M.1979.32.P
  • Copyright: © Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Object Information

[Berggruen & Cie, Paris, sold to];
Norton Simon Art Foundation.
  • Zervos, Christian, Pablo Picasso: Oeuvres,no. 107
  • Campbell, Sara, Collector Without Walls: Norton Simon and His Hunt for the Best,2010, cat. 1628 p. 428

Additional Artwork by Artist

Suite Vollard, 1939, Paris Pablo Picasso 1930-37
Suite Vollard, 1939, Paris: At the Bath Pablo Picasso October 17, 1930
Suite Vollard, 1939, Paris: Man Unveiling a Woman Pablo Picasso June 20, 1931

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