The Farmer's Wife

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

Charcoal on paper
24 3/4 x 19in. (62.9 x 48.3cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Nate B. Spingold and Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, by exchange, and Van Day Truex Fund, 1984
Accession Number:
Rights and Reproduction:
© 2014 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
  • Description

    The model for this figure was fifty-eight-year-old Madame Putman (1850-1939), who, at more than six feet tall and nearly three hundred pounds, fascinated the diminutive Picasso. A widow and mother of seven, she was the artist's landlady in La Rue-des-Bois, a small village north of Paris where Picasso stayed from early August to early September 1908. This is one of seven drawings the artist made of the powerful woman as she went about her chores (she was too busy to pose) in preparation for two paintings.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: Inscribed on verso in graphite, lower center (in another hand): 955 PP; lower right: 00993; lower left: 1077/13 / 26/1004 / 1908

  • Exhibition History

    Paris, France: Musee National Picasso, October 15, 1998 - January 15, 1999.¦Picasso: 1901 -1909¦.

    New York. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. "Picasso Black and White," October 5, 2012–January 23, 2013, no. 5.