Pablo Picasso , “Portrait of a Lady,”
1928. Gouache, ink, and collage on
paper. © Louvre Abu Dhabi.
Pablo Picasso’s never before exhibited work Portrait of a Lady is one of the artworks in Louvre Abu Dhabi’s permanent collection and included in the “Birth of a Museum” exhibition. The papier collé, a type of collage using glued paper cut-outs is, according to the hypothesis of John Richardson, a portrait of famous socialite and fashion muse Natalie Paley, granddaughter of Tsar Alexander II of Russia and wife of the couturier Lucien Lelong. A renowned model in her day, she was well-connected in fashionable Parisian circles. Picasso may have used photographs as a source, as he did for many other portraits, to capture her oval face, fine features, and slim silhouette.
Louvre Abu Dhabi will open its next exhibition on April 22, 2013 on Saadiyat Island showcasing important…
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