Nude Woman in a Red Armchair
© Tate London 2012, Succession DACS 2012 (photo)

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Nude Woman in a Red Armchair 1932

This work belongs to the sequence of portraits that Picasso made of Marie-Therese Walter. As in many of his portraits of her, Marie-Therese is shown as a series of sensuous curves, and even the scrolling arms of the chair have been heightened and exaggerated to reflect the rounded forms of her body. The face is a double, or metamorphic, image: the right side can also be seen as the face of a lover in profile.


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