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Nude Woman Lying in the Sun on the Beach 1932

Not on display

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


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



  • 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