Weeping Woman with Handkerchief

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Weeping Woman with Handkerchief

Spain, 1937
Paintings
Oil on canvas
21 × 17 1/2 in. (53.34 × 44.45 cm)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Mitchell (55.90)
Currently on public view:
Broad Contemporary Art Museum, floor 3

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Label

In early June 1937, Picasso completed his monumental antiwar canvas Guernica....
In early June 1937, Picasso completed his monumental antiwar canvas Guernica. During this time, he was preoccupied by the figure of the weeping woman, which first appeared among the sketches for his depiction of the devastating bombing raid on the Basque town of the painting’s title. On June 26, Picasso painted Weeping Woman with Handkerchief. Modeled on his muse and partner, Surrealist photographer Dora Maar, Picasso’s portrayal conveys despair. One hand is silhouetted against her chest, with the white gauze handkerchief crumpled into a shapeless mass. By the time this painting was completed, Guernica had been installed in the Spanish Pavilion at the Paris International Exposition, where it galvanized the world to address the horrors of the civil war raging in Spain.

Exhibition wall label, 2021.
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Bibliography

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