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Reading at a Table

Pablo Picasso (Spanish, Malaga 1881–1973 Mougins, France )

Date:
1934
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
63 7/8 x 51 3/8in. (162.2 x 130.5cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Bequest of Florene M. Schoenborn, in honor of William S. Lieberman, 1995
Accession Number:
1996.403.1
Rights and Reproduction:
© 2014 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
  • Description

    Here, Picasso's twenty-five-year-old lover, Marie-Thérèse Walter, sits at a table reading, seemingly unaware of her crown of flowers. This chaste scene was set at the artist's country home in Boisgeloup, in Normandy, where, in addition to painting, Picasso produced large-scale sculptures and prepared many etchings.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Signature: Signed and dated, upper right: ¦Picasso¦ /XXXIV

  • Provenance

    [Paul Rosenberg, Paris, and Rosenberg & Helft, London, acquired from the artist by March 1936, until at least 1937, stock no. 3414]; Victor William (Peter) Watson, London (probably by 1937, and certainly by 1939, until 1945; stored at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, during World War II; sold in New York on November 28, 1945, through L. Denham (Denny) Fouts, London and elsewhere, for $12,500 to Marx); Samuel and Florene Marx, Chicago (1945–his d. 1964); Florene May Marx, later Mrs. Wolfgang Schoenborn, New York (1964–d. 1995; on extended loan to The Museum of Modern Art from 1971; on extended loan to MMA from 1985; her bequest to MMA, 1995)

  • Exhibition History

    New York: The Museum of Modern Art, ¦Picasso. Forty Years of his Art¦, 1939, p. 164, cat. no. 264 illus.

    New York: The Museum of Modern Art, ¦Picasso: Fifty Years of his Art¦, 1946, cat. p.189.

    New York: The Museum of Modern Art, ¦The School of Paris. Paintings from the Florene M. Schoenborn and Samuel A. Marx Collection¦, November 1, 1965 - December 2, 1966, also shown at The Art Institute of Chicago, City Art Museum of St. Louis, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico, pp. 28-29, illus. in color.

    New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, ¦The Florene M. Schoenborn Bequest: 12 Artists of the School of Paris¦, February 11- August 31, 1997 (brochure), checklist no. 19, illus. in color.

    New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, ¦Picasso and the Weeping Women: The Years of Marie-Thérèse Walter and Dora Maar¦, June 12 - September 4, 1994, checklist no. 34, illustrated.

    Tokyo, Japan: Bunkamura Museum of Art, ¦Pablo Picasso¦, July 4 - September 6, 1998; also shown at Nagoya, Japan: The Nagoya City Art Museum, September 15 - November 29, 1998, cat. no. 78, pp. 134, 135, illus. in color. p. 30, illus. in b/w.

    New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, ¦Painters in Paris 1895-1950¦, March 8 - December 31, 2000, pp. 104-105, illus. in color.

    Kyoto,Japan: Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art, September 14-November 24, 2002; Tokyo: The Bunkamura Museum of Art, December 7, 2000 - March 9, 2003, Picasso and the School of Paris, Paintings from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. plate 60, p. 124, illus. in color.

    New York. Gagosian Gallery, West 21st Street. "L'Amour Fou: Picasso and Marie-Thérèse," April 14–July 15, 2011, unnumbered cat. (p. 203; as "Femme lisant à la table").

  • References

    Barr, Alfred H. Jr. Picasso: Forty Years of his Art. New York, The Museum of Modern Art, 1939, illus. p. 164.

    Barr, Alfred H. Jr. Picasso: Fifty Years of his Art. New York, The Museum of Modern Art, 1946, illus. p. 189.

    Lieberman, William S., ed. Picasso and the Weeping Women: The Years of Marie-Thérèse Walter and Dora Maar. New York, The Metropollitan Museum of Art, 1994 (brochure), illus. no. 34.

    Pablo Picasso. Exh. Cat. Nagoya City Art Museum, 1998. pp. 233-234.

    Read, Herbert. Art Now, (3rd edition). London, 1948, pl. 117, illus. (as: "Femme lisant, 1934).

    Rubin, William. Picasso in the Collection of The Museum of Modern Art. New York, The Museum of Modern Art, 1972, pp. 144-145, illus. in color.

    The School of Paris: Paintings from the Florene May Schoenborn and Samuel A. Marx Collection. New York, The Museum of Modern Art, 1965, pp. 28-29, illus. in color.

    Zervos, Christian. Pablo Picasso, vol 8. 1957 no. 246, p. 114 illus.

  • See also
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