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  • Reaboletse asked

    What the background information about pablo picasso-couple painting

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Hello Reaboletse, Thanks for your question. I would advise to read a a bit about Picasso's later work. There's plenty of information on the internet and there have been published several books with a focus on his late years. Kind regards, Els

  • Alix Holloway asked

    Hello, might you be your research be aware of any studies for this painting? https://www.boijmans.nl/en/collection/artworks/4033/couple

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Hi Alix,
    There is no study about this specific painting, but I did find a book on the internet that might include this painting. It's about the last 20 years of Picasso's life and career. (https://www.amazon.com/Late-Picasso-Paintings-sculpture-1953-1972/dp/0946590893)
    I hope I have been able to help you further with this! Kind regards, Sofie


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The woman in this couple, an important theme in Picasso's later years, has both eyes on one side of her face. Picasso first used this principle of simultaneously representing two aspects of a subject in his painting 'Les Demoiselles d'Avignon' (1907) and continued to employ it throughout his life.

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Title Couple
Material and technique Oil on canvas
Object type
Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Height 143 cm
Width 116 cm
Depth 5 cm
Artists Painter: Pablo Picasso
Accession number 3042 (MK)
Credits Purchase Stichting Fonds Willem van Rede. On permanent loan from the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands, 1982
Department Modern Art
Acquisition date 1982
Creation date in 1970
Collector Collector / W. van Rede
Internal exhibitions De collectie als tijdmachine (2017)
Lievelingen (2024)
External exhibitions Picasso: Peace and Freedom (2011)
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen @ Rijksmuseum (2023)
Geographical origin Spain > Southern Europe > Europe

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Pablo Picasso

Malaga 1881 - Mougins 1973

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