The Weeping Woman

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The Weeping Woman
Picasso The Weeping Woman Tate identifier T05010 10.jpg
The Weeping Woman (La femme qui pleure), 26 October 1937 at the Tate Modern
ArtistPablo Picasso
Year26 October 1937 (26 October 1937)
MediumOil on canvas
Dimensions60 cm × 49 cm (23 ⅝ in × 19 ¼ in)
LocationTate Modern, London
For the painting of a similar title by Rembrandt or his studio, see The Weeping Woman (Rembrandt).

The Weeping Woman is an oil on canvas painted by Pablo Picasso in France in 1937. Picasso was intrigued with the subject, and revisited the theme numerous times that year.[1] This painting, created on 26 October 1937,[2] was the most elaborate of the series. Its dimensions are 60 х 49 cm, 23 ⅝ х 19 ¼ inches. It has been in the collection of the Tate Modern in London since 1987, and is currently located there.

Dora Maar[edit]

Dora Maar was Picasso's mistress from 1936 until 1944. In the course of their relationship, Picasso painted her in a number of guises, some realistic, some benign, others tortured or threatening.[3] Picasso explained:

"For me she's the weeping woman. For years I've painted her in tortured forms, not through sadism, and not with pleasure, either; just obeying a vision that forced itself on me. It was the deep reality, not the superficial one."[4]

"Dora, for me, was always a weeping woman....And it's important, because women are suffering machines."[5]

Other versions[edit]

The Weeping Woman in the Tate Gallery was one of a series of paintings by Picasso depicting this subject. Another version of two paintings created on 18 October 1937, was stolen from the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia in August 1986, and discovered in a railway station locker in Melbourne later the same month. The thieves' demands included an increase to arts funding.[6]


  1. ^ Léal, Brigitte: "Portraits of Dora Maar", Picasso and Portraiture, page 396. Harry N. Abrams, 1996.
  2. ^ Robinson, William H., Jordi Falgàs, Carmen Belen Lord, Robert Hughes, and Josefina Alix (2006). Barcelona and Modernity: Picasso, Gaudí, Miró, Dalí. Yale University Press. p. 466. ISBN 0300121067.
  3. ^ Léal, page 406,1996.
  4. ^ Léal, page 395, 1996.
  5. ^ Malraux, André: "Picasso's Mask, page 138. Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1976.
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