Innovation and Rivalry in Picasso's "Woman with a Book"

Innovation and Rivalry in Picasso's "Woman with a Book"
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Emily Talbot, Chief Curator

This lecture traces the development of Pablo Picasso’s 1932 painting Woman with a Book, at once a spirited homage to Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres’s Madame Moitessier of 1856 and a bold and vivid interpretation of the artist’s young lover Marie-Thérèse Walter. Picasso painted it in just a day or two, but it was the product of a much longer rumination on the French artist’s portrait, which Picasso had seen in person only once, at the great Ingres exhibition in Paris in 1921. This period of gestation, spread out over many canvases with disparate themes, offers a fascinating parallel with Ingres’s own famously lengthy procedures.

  • Advance registration for members has closed.
  • Walk-up tickets will be available for members and the general public starting at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 21st.



Free with museum admission. Tickets will be available for walkups on the day of the lecture starting at 4:00 p.m.
Doors open 30 minutes before program. Advance ticket-holders may check in at the Check-in Table in the Main Entrance beginning at 4:00 p.m. (seating is not assigned). Everyone must be seated no later than 4:50 p.m. Guests who are not in their seat by 4:50 p.m. may forfeit their ticket.