This painting dates to one of the most productive and inventive periods of Pablo Picasso’s career, a summer stay in the town of Horta de Ebro (now Horta de San Juan) in Spain, which lasted, with minor interruptions, from May to September of 1909. Head of a Woman appears to be the culmination of a series of ten wash drawings made on November 12, 1960. outlining the hair, eyes, nose, mouth, and the shape of the neck and shoulders.
)(Ambrose Vollard, Paris), in 1909.
A similar depiction of eyes may be observed in one of Picasso's late paintings. Picasso … Spanish, active France, 1881–1973.  The Picasso sculpture was purchased along with a Kandinsky painting from Acquavella Galleries by the Fort Worth museum, in exchange for the museum's Renoir painting Jean with a Hoop, given originally by Ruth Carter Stevenson with permission to deaccession, and with a donation by Mr. and Mrs. J. Lee Johnson III.
They in turn derive from several paintings from 1949 of Picasso's former mistress, Françoise Gilot.
 Letters from 1970 and 1971 to Henry Hopkins, then director of the Fort Worth Art Center (now the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth), provide the information that Charles Nilsson purchased the sculpture from Galerie d'Art Latin, whose director was Mr. D'Arquian. Mr. Nilsson's son, Charles Nilsson, Jr., wrote that D'Arquian was a French Count, and that his father probably made the purchase just after World War II.  The sculpture was probably conceived in the fall of 1909 and made originally in clay. Fernande - real name Amelie Lang - had worked as an artist's model in Montmartre and was an aspiring painter. Tete d'une Femme Lisant (Head of a Woman Reading), 1953 Courtesy of www.PabloPicasso.org Picasso's experiments in making flat sculptures were followed up in the early 1960s with a series of works in an entirely new medium and technique.
(A numbered edition of ten was cast in 1959 by the Valsuani foundry under the direction of Heinz Berggruen. Artist: Pablo Picasso. In recapitulating these earlier works, Picasso essentially transmuted images of Françoise into this 1960 portrait of Jacqueline. Head of a Woman, 1961 by Picasso. However, these lines fail to contain the non-naturalistic colours that have been randomly applied to model the face.
paper and cardboard, thus recalling his use of these materials in his early Cubist sculptures.
One of the letters implies that it was Nilsson, Jr., who sold the sculpture in 1968 along with a great part of his father's collection after the elder Nilsson's death. He then pointed the surface of the Stay up to date about our exhibitions, news, programs, and special offers.The West Building, Ground Floor galleries are now open. Head of a Woman in a Hat probably depicts Jacqueline, whom Picasso married on 2 March 1961, and with whom he soon afterward moved into the Villa Notre-Dame-de-Vie at Mougins. To make the models sturdier, however, Picasso introduced sheet metal.
Black lines define the features of the sitter, Artists / Makers
Thus, Picasso adds drawing to his conflation of painting and sculpture.
The elder Nilsson owned the sculpture at least by 1959, when he lent it to an exhibition in Stockholm.
overall: 41.2 x 20.5 x 25.5 cm (16 1/4 x 8 1/16 x 10 1/16 in.) Shortly thereafter, under the direction of the dealer Ambroise Vollard, an unnumbered edition of around fifteen to eighteen casts was made.
Private Collector c/o Mitchell-Innes & Nash Courtesy of www.PabloPicasso.org. (Letters of 30 December 1970 from Karin Bergqvist Lindegren, Curator, Moderna Museet, Stockholm; 25 January 1971 from Charles Nilsson, Jr.; and 18 February 1971 from Jan Runnqvist, Svensk-Franska Konstgalleriet, Stockholm, copies in NGA curatorial files)Read our full Open Access policy for images.