Femme au miroir

Accession Number

Femme au miroir

Pablo Picasso

Artist Nationality
Spanish (culture or style)

Object Creation Date

Medium & Support
pen, black ink and watercolor on laid paper

6 5/8 in x 4 1/8 in (16.83 cm x 10.48 cm);9 1/8 in x 6 7/16 in (23.2 cm x 16.4 cm);19 5/16 in x 14 5/16 in (49 cm x 36.3 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of the Lannan Foundation in Honor of the Pelham Family

Subject matter
Created just after the end of his so-called "Blue Period," this drawing was made after Picasso settled in Paris' artist quarter Bateau-Lavoir. During this period, the Spanish artist began his so-called "Rose Period," when he depicted performers, harlequins and clowns. This scene shows an unidentified seated woman holding a hand mirror up to apply her lipstick, a favorite motif that Picasso would return to often throughout his long career. 

Physical Description
At the center of the page, there is a pen and ink drawing of a seated woman holding a small mirror. Her hair is colored a rich brown in watercolor and her stockings are orange and shoes green.

Primary Object Classification

Collection Area
Modern and Contemporary

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hand mirrors
women (female humans)

6 Related Resources

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