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Pablo Picasso - Female nude with arms raised

Picasso, Pablo (1881 - 1973)
Female nude with arms raised
France, 1907
Gouache on paper
h 63 x w 46 cm (frame: 98.0 x 79.6 x 4.0 cm)
UEA 8
© Succession Picasso/DACS, London 2014.

This work is an early study for the central figure in Picasso’s painting Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, which is now in the Museum of Modern art in New York. It represents a period of experimentation and change in Picasso’s work and is an early example of the development of his Cubist style. Inspired by the flat planes of African masks and Iberian sculptures, this simplified female form has been created with the repetition of the quarter circle line.

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