Pablo Picasso


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Author: Pablo Picasso
Painting, Charcoal, pastel, gouache and white chalk, 65.2x49.6 cm
Origin: France, 1901

This pastel is one of Picasso's early compositions in his Absinthe series. The woman is totally immersed in her thoughts, as suggested by the gesture of her fingers at her chin. Here the artist showing a woman at a table adds several narrative elements. He shows dancing couples - a scene which undoubtedly has a symbolic meaning. Their indefinite forms in the yellow electric light may be no more than the lone woman's dream of the joys of life.

Style: Cubism
Source of entry: formerly in the collection of Otto Krebs, Holzdorf
Transferred from Germany after World War II

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