Nude in a Black Armchair

Nude in a Black Armchair

Nude in a Black Armchair
Artist Pablo Picasso
Year 1932
Type oil on canvas
Dimensions 162 cm × 130 cm (63.74 in × 51 in)
Location Wexner Center for the Arts

Nude in a Black Armchair (Nu au Fauteuil Noir) is a painting by Pablo Picasso. Painted on March 9, 1932,[1] it is the first and largest of a series of paintings Picasso completed that year of his mistress Marie-Thérèse Walter. Picasso lived outside of Paris, in Boisgeloup, at the time.[1]

The art critic Richard Lacayo cites the painting as an example of the creative give-and-take between Picasso and Henri Matisse, in which Picasso "borrowed Matisse's voluptuous curves as a sign for pleasure and his use of black to intensify pink".[2] Former Museum of Modern Art curator William Rubin deemed it a "squishy sexual toy,"[3] and other critics have described a theme of fecundity being mutually displayed by both the female figure and the plant.[3]

In 1999 it was bought by Les Wexner, founder of Limited Brands, for 45.1 million USD.


  1. ^ a b INSIDE ART; Now Starring: A Picasso Nude, New York Times, September 24, 1999
  2. ^ When Henri Met Pablo, Time Magazine, Monday, February 24, 2003 By Richard Lacayo
  3. ^ a b ART REVIEW; Old Rivals, Immortal but Still Competing, New York Times, February 14, 2003

External links

  • 'Matisse Picasso' Exhibit Pairs Masters of Art,
  • Frick Art Reference Library record of provenance and exhibition