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Head of a Woman

Pablo Picasso ( 1950 )

Collection item 1558
  • Period Twentieth-Century
  • Materials Bronze
  • Object Number 1558
  • Dimensions 12 1/2 x 8 1/2 x 5 1/4 in.; 31.75 x 21.59 x 13.335 cm.
  • Credit Line Acquired 1972; © 2022 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
In the spring of 1948, Picasso moved to Vallauris, a town renowned for its pottery. The six intensely productive years he spent there resulted in a series of drawings and engravings that influenced his ceramics and sculptures, including many modeled works like this one cast in bronze. Duncan Phillips thought that Head of a Woman, “although executed in 1950, [was] reminiscent of Picasso’s 1905–1910 period when he became interested in the artistic quality of African and Oceanic objects… . Whether he drew inspiration from the past or found he had a natural affinity with certain forms, Picasso stamped them unmistakably with his powerful personality.”