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Reclining Figure

Pablo Picasso ( 1934 )

On View

Collection item 1994.001.0001
  • Location Goh Annex (1612) - Display, Gallery 204 Hall
  • Period Twentieth-Century
  • Materials Oil on canvas
  • Object Number 1994.001.0001
  • Dimensions 18 1/4 x 25 3/4 in.; 46.355 x 65.405 cm.; Framed: 26 in x 33 1/2 in x 2 1/2 in; 66.04 cm x 85.09 cm x 6.35 cm
  • Credit Line Gift of the Carey Walker Foundation, 1994; © 2022 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Although drawn from a long art historical tradition, the motif of the reclining nude in this work embodies something different, a collision between the classical and the surreal. In a few expressive brushstrokes, Pablo Picasso depicts model and muse Marie-Thérèse Walter sensually sprawled on a couch set before a decorative screen. She seems to be lost in her own world, oblivious to the viewer’s attention. This type of voluptuous erotic figure in a lush interior dominated Picasso’s oeuvre from 1932 to 1934.