PABLO PICASSO (1881-1973)
Femme nue couchée au collier (Marie-Thérèse)
signed, dated and inscribed 'Boisgeloup 18 juin XXXII Picasso' (upper left)
oil on canvas
16 x 16 in. (40.6 x 40.6 cm.)
Painted in Boisgeloup on 18 June 1932
Galerie Paul Rosenberg, Paris, by whom acquired directly from the artist, by March 1936.
Jacques Sarlie, New York; his sale, Sotheby's, London, 12 October 1960, lot 20.
Perls Galleries, New York (no. 6752), by whom acquired at the above sale.
Evelyn Sharp, New York, by whom acquired from the above on 27 September 1965; her sale, Sotheby's, New York, 12 November 1997, lot 18.
Private Collection, by whom acquired at the above sale; sale, Christie’s, New York, 6 May 2014, lot 15.
Acquired at the above sale by the present owner.
J. Bilbo, Pablo Picasso, Thirty Important Paintings from 1904 to 1943, London, 1945 (illustrated as the frontispiece, titled 'Nue').
C. Zervos, Pablo Picasso, vol. 7, Oeuvres de 1926 á 1932, Paris, 1955, no. 383 (illustrated pl. 170).
J. Palau i Fabre, Picasso, From the Minotaur to Guernica (1927-1939), Barcelona, 2011, no. 342, pp. 119 & 434 (illustrated p. 119).
L. Madeline & V. Perdrisot-Cassan, Picasso 1932. Anné érotique, exh. cat., Musée national Picasso, Paris, 2017, no. 72, pp. 112 & 229 (illustrated p. 113).
A. Borchardt-Hume & N. Ireson, eds., Picasso 1932 - Love, Fame, Tragedy, exh. cat., Tate, London, 2018, p. 259 (illustrated p. 131).
Paris, Galerie Paul Rosenberg, Oeuvres récentes de Pablo Picasso, March 1936, no. 11 (titled 'Femme nue au collier').
London, Rosenberg & Helft, Ltd., Recent Works of Picasso, April 1937, no. 5 (titled ‘Femme nue, au collier’).
New York, Perls Galleries, Pablo Picasso: Highlights in Retrospect, October - November 1965, no. 11 (illustrated).
New York, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The Evelyn Sharp Collection, April - October 1978, no. 35, p. 74 (illustrated p. 75).
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Condition of Sale
Painted on 18th June 1932, Femme nue couchée au collier (Marie-Thérèse) is one of the rhapsodic outpouring of colourful, love-filled paeans that Pablo Picasso painted of his blonde haired muse and lover, Marie-Thérèse Walter in the first half of this seminal year. One of the artist’s greatest muses, Marie-Thérèse’s presence in Picasso’s life aroused an unprecedented creative explosion; her vitality and voluptuous forms unleashing an ecstatic rebirth in every area of his artistic production. The canvas became the site of impassioned expressions of love, wonder and worship; the blank page a surface to be filled with amorous daydreams; and plaster the material with which to declare his physical adoration of his lover’s form. It was in 1932, widely regarded as one of the greatest years of Picasso’s career, that the influence of Marie-Thérèse truly made itself felt in Picasso’s art, as he began an extraordinarily bold and euphoric series of erotically charged depictions of his new muse that saw the artist reach a peak of his painterly production. ‘There is no doubt,’ William Rubin declared, ‘that 1932 marks the peak of fever-pitch intensity and achievement, a year of rapturous masterpieces that reach a new and unfamiliar summit in both his painting and sculpture’ (Picasso and Portraiture: Representation and Transformation, New York, 1996, p. 361).
Femme nue couchée au collier presents a particularly intimate view of Marie-Thérèse. Blissfully unaware of her lover’s gaze, her eyes closed in private reverie, she reclines in front of a richly-coloured Baroque-style backdrop in the somnolent state that would become her pictorial signature. Indeed, this same pose can be found in Nude, Green Leaves and Bust (Sold, Christie’s, New York, 4 May 2010,