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Picasso: The Cubist Portraits of Fernande Olivier

displays 16 portraits of Picasso's companion, Fernande Olivier. They're from a series of 60 portraits Picasso created of Olivier between spring and fall in 1909. This series is virtually unprecedented in its devotion to a single subject. The exhibit (through January 18, 2004) reveals Picasso's exploration of cubism and his reformulation of human physiognomy. (National Gallery of Art)

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Interesting Fact:

Pablo Ruiz y Picasso (1881-1973) is generally considered the most influential artist of the 20th century. He was unique as an innovator of styles and techniques and one of the most prolific artists in history, creating more than 20,000 works. Shortly after moving to Paris in 1904, Picasso met Fernande Olivier (1881-1966), who soon became his companion. An artist's model, "la belle Fernande" was the inspiration for numerous works during the course of their relationship.
Woman in Green, Paris, fall-winter 1909-1910, oil on canvas, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven © 2003 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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