Melancholy Woman, 1902

  • Pablo Picasso, Spanish, 1881-1973

Oil on canvas

  • Unframed: 39 3/8 × 27 1/4 inches (100 × 69.2 cm)
  • 46 5/8 × 34 7/8 × 1 3/4 inches (118.4 × 88.6 × 4.4 cm)

Bequest of Robert H. Tannahill

70.190

On View

  • Modern N200
  • Modern N200

Department

European Modern Art to 1950

  • Melancholy
  • Allegory
  • Oil
  • Canvas
  • Woman
  • Painting (visual work)
  • Profile (figure)
  • Barcelona

Signed, upper left: Picasso

ca. 1905, the artist, Pablo Picasso [1881-1973] (Paris, France). Michael and Sarah Stein (Paris, France). (Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler [1884-1979], probably Paris, France). (Paul Guillaume [1891-1934], Paris, France). (F. Valentine Dudensing [1892-1967], New York, New York, USA). 1934, Robert H. Tannahill [1893-1969] (Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan, USA)

1970-present, bequest to the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)

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Pablo Picasso, Melancholy Woman, 1902, oil on canvas. Detroit Institute of Arts, Bequest of Robert H. Tannahill, 70.190.