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Woman with Mandolin, 1925

Pablo Picasso

Spanish, 1881-1973
Oil on canvas
51-3/8 x 38-1/2 in. (130.5 x 97.8 cm)
Norton Simon Museum, Museum Purchase
P.1984.2
© 2012 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York Reproduction, including downloading of ARS works is prohibited by copyright laws and international conventions without the express written permission of Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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The female form is a recurring theme throughout Pablo Picasso’s seven decades of creative production. His women are frequently portrayed holding musical instruments, usually guitars or mandolins. This serene and pensive woman sits in a blue chair, holding a mandolin and a sheet of music. The composition begins as a series of large, flat, colored planes, not unlike those of Cubist pasted paper collages. The planes are then animated with delicate incised and painted lines that define the instrument and the woman’s torso.

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