Women of Algiers, Version "I"

Artist:
Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973)
Date:
January 25, 1955
Medium:
Oil on canvas 
Dimensions:
38-1/8 x 51-1/8 in. (96.8 x 129.9 cm) 
Credit Line:
Norton Simon Art Foundation 
Accession Number:
M.1986.3.P 
Copyright:
© 2016 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York Reproduction, including downloading of ARS works is prohibited by copyright laws and international conventions without the express written permission of Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York 
Not on View
Description

This remarkable re-creation of the Women of Algiers, an iconic harem scene by the French Romanticist Eugène Delacroix, is one of fifteen paintings and over a hundred works on paper of this subject that Picasso made in a concentrated burst of activity in late 1954 and early 1955. Although the Spanish artist had long admired Delacroix’s masterpiece, the impetus to paint an odalisque was likely inspired by the death of Matisse that November. Speaking of his longtime friend and artistic rival, Picasso explained, “When Matisse died he left me his odalisques as a legacy, and this is my idea of the Orient, though I have never been there.”

Provenance:

[Paul Rosenberg, Paris].
Frua dei Angeli, Italy.
[Galerie Beyeler, Basel, sold 1973 to];
The Norton Simon Foundation, transferred 1986 to;
Norton Simon Art Foundation.

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