Oct 16, 2007

Woman with a Cape

Woman with a Cape

early 1901

Pablo Picasso

(Spanish, 1881–1973)

Oil on canvas

Framed: 92.4 x 69.9 x 7.9 cm (36 3/8 x 27 1/2 x 3 1/8 in.); Unframed: 73 x 50.2 cm (28 3/4 x 19 3/4 in.)

Bequest of Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. 1958.44


Did you know?

This painting is an early example of Picasso’s incredible talent. Painted in Paris when the artist was just 19 years old, this painting may have been exhibited by the art dealer Ambroise Vollard in 1901 under the title Jeanneton.


Painted at age 19, Picasso's portrait of an unknown woman is an early example of the artist's interest in portraiture that would endure throughout his career. The woman's enigmatic expression enhances the mystery of her identity. Her fashionable cape and elaborate hat suggest a connection to the cultural scenes in Paris that Picasso was involved with at the turn of the century.

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