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Identification and Creation

Object Number
Pablo Ruiz Picasso, Spanish (Malaga, Spain 1881 - 1973 Mougins, France)
Woman in Blue
Work Type
Persistent Link

Physical Descriptions

Oil on canvas
99.7 x 80.7 cm (39 1/4 x 31 3/4 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: u.l.: Picasso
  • inscription: On canvas verso: 13.3.49 // III // 4.5.49


Recorded Ownership History
Pablo Picasso. [Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler, Paris]. [Curt Valentin Gallery, New York, New York], sold; to Joseph Pulitzer Jr., St. Louis, Missouri, 1952, gift; to Fogg Art Museum, 1959.

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Pulitzer, Jr.
© Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Accession Year
Object Number
Modern and Contemporary Art

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Publication History

  • Pablo Picasso: Paintings, Sculpture, Drawings, auct. cat., Curt Valentin Gallery (New York, 1952), fig. 10, ill.
  • Charles Scott Chetham, Modern Painting, Drawing & Sculpture: Collected by Louise and Joseph Pulitzer, Jr., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1957), pp. 81-82, fig. 11, ill. (plate section, b/w)
  • [Reproduction only], College Art Journal, College Art Association of America (New York, Spring 1960)., Cover, ill.
  • Fogg Art Museum Acquisitions, 1959-1962, Harvard University (Cambridge, MA, 1963), pp. 23-26, ill.
  • David Kolch, "Reconstruction System for Panel Painting Supports: A Review and Evaluation of Treatments in the Fogg Museum Laboratory, 1927-1952" (thesis (certificate in conservation), Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies , August 1977), Unpublished, pp. 1-60 passim
  • Caroline A. Jones, Modern Art at Harvard: The Formation of the Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Collections of the Harvard University Art Museums (New York, NY and Cambridge, MA, Harvard University Art Museums and Abbeville Press, 1985). With an essay by John Coolidge and a preface by John M. Rosenfield. To accompany the inaugural exhibition at the Sackler Museum, Oct 21 1985 - Jan 5 1986, p. 84, fig. 78, ill.
  • Kristin A. Mortimer and William G. Klingelhofer, Harvard University Art Museums: A Guide to the Collections, Harvard University Art Museums and Abbeville Press (Cambridge and New York, 1986), no. 229, p. 199, repr.
  • Marjorie B. Cohn, Classic Modern: the Art Worlds of Joseph Pulitzer Jr., Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2012), p. 238, fig. 11.2

Exhibition History

  • Pablo Picasso: Paintings, Sculpture, Drawings, Curt Valentin Gallery, New York, 02/19/1952 - 03/15/1952
  • St. Louis Collects, City Art Museum of St. Louis, St. Louis, 04/07/1952 - 05/05/1952
  • A Tribute to Curt Valentin, City Art Museum of St. Louis, St. Louis, 01/14/1955 - 02/14/1955
  • Master Paintings from the Fogg Collection, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/13/1977 - 08/31/1977
  • Modern Art at Harvard, Bunkamura Museum of Art, Tokyo, 07/31/1999 - 09/26/1999; Takamatsu City Museum of Art, Kagawa, 10/09/1999 - 11/14/1999; Matsuzakaya Art Museum, Nagoya, 12/02/1999 - 12/27/1999; Oita City Museum, Oita, 01/06/2000 - 02/06/2000; Museum of Modern Art, Ibaraki, Ibaraki, 02/11/2000 - 03/26/2000
  • 32Q: 1330 Mid-Century Figurative, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 11/16/2014 - 10/13/2015

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