Nude in a Black Armchair
|Type||oil on canvas|
|Dimensions||162 cm × 130 cm (63.74 in × 51 in)|
|Location||Wexner Center for the Arts|
Nude in a Black Armchair (Nu au Fauteuil Noir) is a painting by Pablo Picasso. Painted on March 9, 1932, it is the first and largest of a series of paintings Picasso completed that year of his mistress Marie-Thérèse Walter. Picasso lived outside of Paris, in Boisgeloup, at the time.
The art critic Richard Lacayo cites the painting as an example of the creative give-and-take between Picasso and Henri Matisse, in which Picasso "borrowed Matisse's voluptuous curves as a sign for pleasure and his use of black to intensify pink". Former Museum of Modern Art curator William Rubin deemed it a "squishy sexual toy," and other critics have described a theme of fecundity being mutually displayed by both the female figure and the plant.
- INSIDE ART; Now Starring: A Picasso Nude, New York Times, September 24, 1999
- When Henri Met Pablo, Time Magazine, Monday, February 24, 2003 By Richard Lacayo
- ART REVIEW; Old Rivals, Immortal but Still Competing, New York Times, February 14, 2003
- 'Matisse Picasso' Exhibit Pairs Masters of Art, npr.org
- Frick Art Reference Library record of provenance and exhibition
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