Nude Woman Lying in the Sun on the Beach
© Succession Picasso/DACS 2004

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Nude Woman Lying in the Sun on the Beach 1932

On Display Modern Two

This painting formerly belonged to Picasso's friend Roland Penrose. Penrose became determined to own it after seeing a reproduction of the painting in a magazine and being 'transfixed by that pair of black eyes which seemed to burn through any obstacle.' The theme of bathers on a beach occupies an important place in Picasso's work and recurs frequently. However, this is a particularly sexually aggressive image. The figure has her legs splayed open, while the phallic anchor points suggestively towards her.

Glossary Open

Phallic

Relating to or resembling a phallus, the representation of the male sexual organs as embodying power.

Phallic

Details

  • Acc. No. GML 758
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 33.00 x 40.00 cm (70.80 x 63.80 x 5.00 cm)
  • Credit Long loan in 1994