Muted violet lines and arcs painted with a powerful intensity interlock to define the simplified anatomy of this figure. Rough areas of modeling in rust and ochre on the face, arms, and chest help define the body and also create an abstract play of space, line, and surface. This painting was made at a crucial crossroads in Pablo Picasso’s career when his experiments with the flattening of space and fragmentation of forms into abstract geometric structures resolved into the cubist style that would come to define his career.


  • Title: Bust
  • Date Created: 1907–1908
  • Physical Dimensions: Canvas dimensions: 16 1/2 × 17 in. (41.91 × 43.18 cm) Framed dimensions: 24 1/4 × 24 5/8 × 1 3/4 in. (61.6 × 62.55 × 4.45 cm)
  • Type: Paintings
  • External Link: https://www.dma.org/object/artwork/5195002/
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Credit Line: Dallas Museum of Art, Foundation for the Arts Collection, gift of Joshua L. Logan, Loula D. Lasker, Ruth and Nathan Cummings Art Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Edward S. Marcus, Sarah Dorsey Hudson, Mrs. Alfred L. Bromberg, Henry Jacobus and an anonymous donor, by exchange
  • Artist Nationality: Spanish
  • Artist: Pablo Picasso

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