(Spain, France 25 Oct 1881–08 Apr 1973)
196.0 x 130.8cm stretcher; 213.0 x 147.5 x 8.0cm frame
By the time he painted this faceless female figure, Picasso was a towering legend of modern art. Yet to say she is faceless is not entirely accurate: across her torso, breasts, belly and pudenda the painter has inscribed the disconcerting semblance of his own features. Her nipples are the tell-tale black pupils of his eyes, her serrated vagina is his equally aggressive mouth. Having thus invaded her body, his own erupts in the manner of a physiological mutation. It is not an easy image, but it is wholly truthful to Picasso's deepest intuitions and experience. Anger belies the innocuousness of the subject matter. Fear underscores the anger. It is only very marginally a work of art about appearances. Instead, Picasso enacts a form of black magic, an exorcising ritual of bodily destruction and psychic derangement that plays fast and loose with reality - all within the conventions of the seated portrait. That he did this through the agency of his last great love, Jacqueline Rogue, setting her violated form in the serenity of his new villa at Cannes, is admirable and repulsive in equal measure. The gesticulating palm tree may well allude to Matisse, whose recent death reminded Picasso of the inescapability of mortality.
Art Gallery Handbook, 1999.
Private Collection, 1976-May 1981, London/England, Purchased by the AGNSW 1981. Collector wishes to remain anonymous.
Galerie Beyeler (Switzerland), Feb 1968-1976, Basel/Switzerland
Kronofogdemyndigheten (Sweden), Stockholm/Sweden
Galerie Louise Leiris, Paris (France, estab. 1941), Paris/France
Theodor Ahrenberg (Sweden), Stockholm/Sweden
Yve-Alain Bois, Matisse and Picasso 1998, 'Picasso in mourning', pg. 230-240, New York, 1998, 236, 237 (colour illus.). plate no. 229
Valeriano Bozal, Picasso. Indoor and outdoor landscapes 1999, 'Making a landscape out of the body', pg.7-12, Spain, 1999, cover (colour illus.), 141 (colour illus.), 273 (illus.), 11, 17. cat.no. 115
Edmund Capon and Jan Meek (Editors), Portrait of a Gallery, 'European 20th Century Art', pg. 91-95, Sydney, 1984, 92 (colour illus.), 93.
Renée Free, Three years on: a selection of acquisitions 1978-1981 1981, 'European Art', pg. 27-36, Sydney, 1981, cover (colour illus.), 32 (colour illus.). cat.no. 3
Renee Free, Art Gallery of New South Wales Collection Series 4 Winter 1983, 'Pablo Picasso 1891-1973: Nude in a rocking chair. 1956', pg. 13-16, Sydney, Winter 1983, 13 (illus.), 14.
Renée Free, The Art Gallery of New South Wales collections, 'The Western Heritage, Renaissance to Twentieth Century', pg.108-172, Sydney, 1994, 169 (colour illus.).
Renee Free, Art and Australia (Vol. 22, No. 1) Spring 1984, 'European Acquisitions: 1972-83', pg. 63-67, Sydney, Spring 1984, 67.
Renée Free, Art Gallery of New South Wales Handbook, 'European', pg. 36-56, Domain, 1988, 53, 54 (colour illus.), 55.
Fundación Juan March, Picasso 1977, Madrid, 1977, (colour illus.). cat.no. 24, titled 'Mujer desnuda en una mecedora'
Galerie Beyeler, Ausstellung "Artistes espagnols" 1969, 1969. cat.no. 44
Galerie Beyeler, Ausstellung "Summertime" 1970, Unknown, 1970. cat.no. 52, titled 'Femme nue au fauteuil à bascule'
Klaus Gallwitz, Picasso at 90: the late work, London, 1971, 84 (colour illus.). cat.no. 113
Bruce James, Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, 'Western Collection: Paintings and Sculpture', pg. 17-77, Domain, 1999, cover (colour illus.), 65 (colour illus.).
Kunstmuseum Basel, Picasso: aus dem Museum of Modern Art New York und Schweizer Sammlungen 1976, Basel, 1976, 158, 159 (illus.). cat.no. 80
Paloma Esteban Leal, Picasso: las grandes series 2001, Las grandes series: el artista frente al proceso de creación', pg.19-98, Madrid, 2001, 57, 233 (colour illus.), 374 (illus.), 545. cat.no. 19
Terence Maloon (Curator), Picasso: The Last Decades 2002, 'Foreward', pg.11-12, Domain, 2002, 11-12, 18, 48, 53, 93 (colour illus.). cat.no. 16
Terence Maloon, Look Oct 2002, 'Picasso at La Californie', pg.24-27, Newtown, Oct 2002, 25-27, 26 (colour illus.).
Patrick McCaughey and Judith Ryan (Editors), Picasso 1984, 'Late Picasso', pg.153-178, Melbourne, 1984, 168 (colour illus.). cat.no. 158
Musée National d' Art Moderne, Paris, Le dernier Picasso 1953-1973 1988, Paris, 1988, 161 (colour illus.). cat.no. 8
Museu Picasso, Exposicio Picasso 1977, 1977. cat.no. 28
William Rubin, Picasso in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1972, 180, 245 (illus.). cat.no. 172
Tate Britain, Late Picasso: Paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints 1953-1972 1988, Millbank, 1988, 158 (colour illus.). cat.no. 6
Christian Zervos, Picasso Oeuvres de 1956 a 1957, Paris, Unknown. cat.no. 55
Ausstellung "Artistes espagnols", Galerie Beyeler, Switzerland, May 1969–Jun 1969
Ausstellung "Summertime", Galerie Beyeler, Switzerland, Jul 1970–Sep 1970
Picasso, Braque, Leger: Masterpieces from Swiss Collections:
Picasso: aus dem Museum of Modern Art New York und Schweizer Sammlungen, Kunstmuseum Basel, Basel, 15 Jun 1976–12 Sep 1976
Exposicio Picasso, Museu Picasso, Spain, 05 Dec 1977–10 Jan 1978
Three years on: Acquisitions 1978-81, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 15 Oct 1981–01 Dec 1981
Le dernier Picasso 1953-1973, Musée National d' Art Moderne, Paris, Paris, 15 Feb 1988–16 May 1988
Late Picasso: Paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints 1953-1972, Tate Britain, England, 23 Jun 1988–18 Sep 1988
Matisse and Picasso: A Gentle Rivalry, Kimbell Art Museum, United States of America, 02 Feb 1999–05 May 1999
Picasso. Indoor and outdoor landscapes, Museu Picasso, Spain, 26 Oct 1999–30 Jan 2000
Picasso: las grandes series, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, 26 Mar 2001–18 Jun 2001
Picasso: The Last Decades, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 09 Nov 2002–16 Feb 2003